GABORONE, BOTSWANA – Gaborone football giant Notwane FC has received a P100, 000 boost from their main sponsor, GetBucks Financial Services in a last hurdle attempt to avoid the looming dreaded Botswana Premier League (BPL) relegation axe. The top-up follows the P300 000 funding unveiled last year March.
Toronto is currently siting at position 12 of the 16 team semi-amateur league just a point ahead of the relegation zone. When acknowledging the sponsorship at the clubhouse in Gaborone, the club’s president Tebogo Sebego said although the BPL is currently in shambles as a team they have since resolved to stay positive and look at the brighter side after his team started the league with a negative 6 points – a matter the team is still fighting. Sebego said GetBucks has been the team’s financial life support since joining them a year ago.
“We thought it’s appropriate to call media to our club house to share the second half of the league of where we going and introduce new additions of our technical staff. Essentially, it’s always important from a professional viewpoint to introduce the new additions to the media so they make a proper assessment of the club.
The team has managed to prove their mettle, and we have a decorated history and therefore sometimes when things happen like this we need to show character. Although our sponsorship with GetBucks will be coming to an end, we are grateful for their backing. We are hopeful of a renewal as we have placed their brand where it should be,” concluded Sebego.
For his part, the team’s coach Oupa Kowa took time to introduce his new troops, as the team further looks set to escape relegation.
“As a coach it’s basically on the field, we started off pedal. When we started the team-lacked fitness and we remain positive and we picked deficiencies in our team. I sat with my technical staff, management to recruit players as like any other team. Those that we have managed to lure, we believe they will help strengthen the team. The new faces in the team which are Tshepo Malgas from Gaborone United, Tshepo Ramhenngwa from Gilport Lions, Tsogang Raymond Israel from Molepolole City, Kennedy Taukobong from BDF XI, Godfrey Dubulu from Red Sparks,” said Kowa.
The team also introduced the new captain after the former captain Katlego Koobake asked to be relieved of his duties. The new captains of the rest of the season will be Mphoyamodimo ‘Size’ Keeiponye assisted by Sthembile ‘Terry’ Mbuqe and Gift Maworere respectively.
Meanwhile GetBucks deputy CEO, Marshal Chimedza showed delight in the return on investment on their P400 000 worth sponsorship since they joined the football club. He presented the club with an extra P100 000.
“We saw it fit to partner with Notwane FC – it’s a been a fruitful journey, as GetBucks we are committed to developing sport in the community that we live in, its something that we are proud of and the club President (Sebego) has been courageous from the first day we joined this partnership.
For us at GetBucks, Notwane FC’s tenacity reminds us of one of the great footballers’ Brazilian ace Pele’s famed quote that Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do,” said Chimedza.