Orapa United will soon be cut free by Debswana. Team chairman Thatayaone Sithole said they want the team to be self-sustainable in about two years. He said this at their recent launch in Letlhakane, a move calculated at taking the team to the people. Sithole said he has been in charge of the team since 2012 after it was handed to him by the mine ex-co. He said even though he asked that he be excused last year the ex-co didn’t allow him to do that. He said as the team they have the vision dubbed ‘Orapa Today, Boteti Tomorrow’ (OTBT) and that is one thing that led to all teams in Orapa coming together to make one team. “We are now a benchmark. People come here to see how we have done it and how we are doing it, and people have been asking us many times on whether the team belongs to the mine or Boteti, but the emphasis is that the team belongs to the people, the mines are just assisting,” he said. He said they want to reach a point where they have a committee that runs the team and also have every department in order to run the team properly and be accountable. “We are not hiding anything. We want people to come here and enquire about the team so that they can understand more about the team because we really want to bring it to the community. There are already sponsors that want to come on board and when that happens, the team should be run professionally by its people,” he said.
Kgosi Kegapetswe said they are very proud as the people of Boteti because of the contribution that football has made to the lives of young people in the region. He said not only did they raise players, but even in coaches with regard to the likes of Teenage Mpote. He encouraged the people of Orapa to know that it is up to them to make sure that they all come together and contribute towards the development of the team in the region. Kgosietsile Makula highlighted the journey that led them into becoming the powerhouse that they are. He said even though the team did not start the season on a good note, they are very sure that they will manage to come back and give out a good show. Makula said it is their aim to win the Premier league and that is why they decided to part ways with Coach Madinda Ndlovu and bring in Chicco Dance Nare as the Assistant Coach while they are still looking for the Head a Coach. “We are so much into the development of the team and that is why we have young ones in here that we are grooming from development. We have had players from our development play in the national team and even though we haven’t been performing very well we are happy with our team and we know that we will eventually succeed,” he said.