Orapa United’s Mothusi Johnson recently pocketed P40, 000 after being named Player of the Orange FA Cup tourney ahead of his teammate Omaatla Kebatho and Township Roller’s Mothusi Cooper. The 22-year-old left-back mesmerized multitudes throughout the tournament as he bagged three Man of the Match awards out of four games.
The awards held in Gaborone saw a number of Orapa United players nominated and some of them taking medals home. ‘Lefty’ as he’s affectionately called by his teammates helped Orapa United secure the Orange FA cup trophy which has been elusive for almost close to a decade.
However, the meek quarter back was absent at the awards since they had a game the following day. Faced with ample challenges towards their triumph, Orapa United proved to be the better of the 47 other teams which participated in the competition. The FA cup introduced a ‘Clash of Underdogs and Giants’ as top tier teams and underdogs from lower leagues were competing for the silverware.
Amongst other guests of honour was Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Kago Ramokate who underscored the importance of the tournament in uplifting and exposing young talent of this country to top tier teams thus allowing scouts, agents and coaches to have a large poll of young players to choose from. He further stated that during the tournament, small businesses benefited immensely from the large crowds attracted by the games therefore improving the lives of the community at large.
Ramokate commended the Botswana Football Association (BFA) and Orange for the opportunities they give to Botswana youth players at rudimentary areas.
“Football shapes the future for a brighter tomorrow as it brings opportunities for growth of talent, growth of revenue once truly commercialised, and growth of culture, in many ways. There is need to nurture and empower those whose dreams are tied to such sport, for we have such incredible talent and potential in our midst in our local football. Sport is increasingly becoming an industry of importance towards economic diversification.
It has led to the creation of employment for the youth including some of our international and local players. At Orange Botswana, we are committed to helping grow and support local football development and we strive to cultivate local talent even further. We are passionate about doing more in this space, and the Orange FA Cup is the realization of that passion,” said Orange Botswana Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Patrick Benon.
Orange Botswana has so far injected P12.6 million into local football, which sees P4.2 million contributed by the brand per football season for a total of three seasons. The sponsorship cover prize money, individual awards, team kits, tournament administration fees, traveling and game appearance subsidies. Orange FA Cup Awards prize breakdown is as follows;
· Champions: Orapa United – P700, 000.00
· Runner ups: Township Rollers – P350, 000.00
· Player of the Tournament: Mothusi Johnson– P40, 000.00
· Top Goal Scorer: Omaatla Kebatho – P25, 000.00
· Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Lesenya Malapela – P25, 000.00
· Coach of the Tournament: Mogomotsi Mpote – P10, 000.00
· Referee of the Tournament: Joshua Bondo – P10, 000.00
· Assistant Referee of the Tournament: Mogomotsi Morakile – P10, 000.00
· Super Fan: Luka Daniel Lushiam – P10, 000.00
Article by Kgosi Kaote