Sharps, Forest debut
The 2018\19 season Mascom Top 8 has been officially launched with debutants Sharps Shooting Stars and Black Forest lining up to fight for the prestigious P1.3m winning prize against traditional strong contenders Township Rollers, Orapa United and Jwaneng Galaxy.
Five of the contenders have won the Mascom Top 8 title before in Rollers, GU, Orapa United, Galaxy and BDF XI. The tournament starts on November 23.
Mascom CEO Jose Vieira Couceiro said the tournament continues to be the ‘Number 1’ football spectacle. Couceiro said with Mascom celebrating 20 years of doing business in Botswana, it acknowledges its strong efforts of supporting sports.
“We have over the years positioned the Mascom brand as the Number 1 supporter of sports by making significant contributions to the development of different sporting codes including netball, motor sport, horse racing and chess amongst others. In coming years, we wish to continue on this journey and make more meaningful contributions to sports in Botswana,” he said.
He hailed debutants Sharps Shooting Stars and Black Forest, saying they continue Mascom Top 8 culture of having at least two new teams every season for the past eight seasons.
He applauded the Premier League, BFA and the media for a great support system that has influenced the success of Mascom Top 8.
The Assistant Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development Phillip Makgalemele said the tournament forms an integral part of the local football calendar. He applauded Mascom management for making an effort towards the development of sports in Botswana.
The Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) chairperson Solly Reikeletseng called on the private sector to invest in Sport and help in sport development
Reikeletseng said the private sector has a huge role to play in the growth and funding of sporting codes which are struggling financially as compared to football in the meantime.
“We still continue to advocate for more funding and investment on sport from the private sector perspective and follow suit in other current sport investors such as Mascom Some codes face severe challenges of funding and therefore other private entities can tap on to grow local sport to the next level,” he charged.
Rollers play Black Forest; Galaxy take on Sharps Shooting Stars; BDF X1 play Orapa United while Gaborone United face Miscellaneous in the opening fixtures.