Mascom Wireless has injected P500 000 worth sponsorship towards the preparations of the coming Netball World Youth Cup (NWYC) to be held in Gaborone from 8-16 July 2017. Mascom is not new to netball as the company also supported the African Netball Youth Cup qualifiers in 2016. Mascom Chief Operations Officer Dzene Makhwande-Seboni said the company is giving out P400 000 cash and P100 000 in kind. Makhwande-Seboni said P100 000 will be given out for communication throughout tournament. She said the sponsorship comes as the company’s dedication towards sport development, adding that developing players at a young age provides them with an opportunity to have a great future. When accepting the Mascom sponsorship, the chairperson of the NWYC Local Organising Committee Prisca Mokgadi thanked Mascom for the generous support. Mokgadi said the sponsorship gives them confidence that they will deliver a successful tournament. “We thank Mascom for the continued support in the development of local sport. The sponsorship today will take us closer to attaining our aim of hosting a successful tournament,” said Mokgadi. She, however, called on other companies to follow Mascom’s example. “There is still room for other companies to come on board to help us with whatever is possible,” she said. Furthermore Mokgadi thanked the LOC members, NWYC staff as well as volunteers for the good job they are currently doing to organise the biggest tournament to be ever hosted in Botswana.
The Netball World Youth Cup is hosted in Africa for the first time ever. Therefore it is up to the LOC to see that the tournament is a success so that the country can impress and win more hosting opportunities. The Assistant Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Kefentse Mzwinila thanked Mascom for the gesture, saying it will be an encouragement even to Team Botswana to see the support they get. Mzwinila concurred with Mokgadi, saying more companies should come on board and help the country to set up a successful event. He said this World cup is an opening opportunity for the country. “We need to show the 19 countries coming into Botswana what our country is made up of,” he said, insisting that if Botswana does well in hosting this tournament lobbying to host other tournaments in the future will be easier. Mokgadi has urged all Batswana to do their part and stand up in support of their team throughout the competition. It is important for Team Botswana to do well in the opening stages as it will be not good for the hosting country to be knocked out in the group stages.