The Letshego 5-A-Side Football Team has qualified for the third consecutive year in representing Botswana at the Football 5-A-Side World Cup (F5WC). This year the F5WC will be held in Cape Town from the 17th to the 18th November 2018. The Letshego 5-A-Side Team left for Cape Town on Wednesday with their first match set for Saturday (18th November 2018).
To qualify for the Football 5-A-Side World Cup, the Letshego team battled it out with several other teams to win the coveted 2018 Standard Chartered Bank Cup for the third time. In addition to competing in Cape Town, the team's stellar prize includes travelling to Anfield, Liverpool to watch a Liverpool match on home grounds, as well as receiving top-notch training from Liverpool coaches. The team is eager to surpass their previous records of reaching the quarter finals in both the 2016 and 2017 tournaments.
Letshego Botswana's Chief Executive Officer, Fergus Ferguson commented, “Letshego is proud of the team's individual commitment and tenacity in achieving success in the International 5-a-Side tournament - not only will they be representing Letshego, but also putting Botswana on the international map in what is becoming an increasingly popular sport. They have our full support as we wish them every success in the upcoming tournament.”
The F5WC brings together a global initiative to select talented, amateur football players through regional 5-A-Side qualifying rounds from 32 countries which then compete at the world finals. The tournament aims for mass participation amongst amateur football players, who play for leisure, whilst bringing together countries to celebrate the game.
The Letshego Team's Captain, Mmoloki Njamela added, “We are proud and privileged to represent Letshego and Botswana on two prestigious, international football platforms and would like to thank the local sporting authorities, the International 5-A-Side Committee and private sector sponsors as we fly the Letshego and Botswana flag high. We are thrilled to have qualified as country representatives for the third year running as it shows our hard work and training is paying off. Our goal is to go even further this time around and hopefully bring the cup home.”