Local football lovers will continue to be treated to football spectacle as the Mascom Top 8 comes back bigger and better. This follows the renewal of the Mascom Top 8 contract between Mascom Wireless and Botswana Football Association (BFA) that came to an end last season. The two parties have signed a two-year contract for the country’s biggest football tournament. Mascom and BFA have been in partnership for the Mascom Top 8 tournament since 2012. The Season 7 of the tournament will see a further improvement to the price money, with the winner walking away with P1.3 million reflecting P100 000 growth from last season. All the other prices however will remain the same. Speaking at the launch of the Season Seven Mascom Top 8 tournament, Mascom CEO Jose Couceiro reiterated his company’s commitment towards the development of sport in the country. Couceiro said the increase in the money that the company continues to spend on the tournament is a reflection of such a commitment. Since 2012 when Mascom sponsored this tournament there has been a significant growth in both the level of football and even spectator following. However, there have been talks that Mascom was somehow not pleased with how the tournament was run. Mascom spokesperson Tebogo LebotseSebego nonetheless squashed the reports, saying Mascom has always been happy with how things are done. LebotseSebego said the company’s stand remains unchanged. “I would like to reiterate what was said at the price giving ceremony last season that we do not have any problems with neither BFA nor BPL,” said LebotseSebego.
She said the two years contract which they signed is an illustration that they are happy and it has a provision of a possibility of renewal it at the end. Mascom has since been commended for the contribution it is making toward the development of sport in Botswana. The permanent secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Communication Kabelo Ebineng said the success of Mascom Top 8 is a success of Botswana sport at large. Ebineng said since Mascom took over the tournament there has been eagerness from the teams to play well so that they can be part of it. The Mascom Top 8 season seven is scheduled to start on the 24th November 2017. To make the fixtures of the first round BPL CEO Thabo Ntshinogang said they have followed the traditional seeding system where the positions are used to determine who plays who. Ntshinogang said with this system the team that finished on position 1 will play the one that finished in the 8th position. Position two takes on position seven, position three against position six and position four taking on five.
This means the first game will see defending champions Jwaneng Galaxy playing Mochudi Centre Chiefs at Molepolole Sport Complex on the 24th November at 2000hrs. The Launch game will be on Saturday 25 November at the National Stadium where Township Rollers will play BDF XI. This is the game that promises fireworks as the two teams are currently doing well in the league. Also there are grudges held between the two teams as Rollers have just beaten BDF XI in the league. On November 26, 2017 new comers Security Systems will battle it out with Orapa United at Lobatse Sports Complex. It remains to be seen if the newbies will continue the norm of winning the tournament in its maiden appearance which was started by Orapa United and continued by Galaxy. Gaborone United will then take on Extension Gunners at the National Stadium on the 27 November 2017. This edition is expected to be even more exciting as teams will be looking to get the new improved price money of P1.3 Million.