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Federation team up with Incepta Communications

The Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF) have teamed-up with Public Relations specialists Incepta Communications in a bid to source sponsors for the defunct national league.

It is hoped the union will breathe much needed life into the struggling sport code, which has not see league action since former sponsor’s Mascom backed out in 2018.

Announcing the collaboration on Tuesday, at an event dubbed BVF Thoughtful Leadership Session, the federation took the opportunity to unveil its new logo as it attempts to revamp its stained image.

To that end, partnering with Incepta Communications Botswana could prove a masterstroke as the agency excels at brand communication.

In his welcome remarks, BVF President, Daniel Molaodi admitted the standard of volleyball in Botswana has dropped drastically in the last two years due to the lack of a league.

NEW BEGINNINGS: BVF Thoughtful Leadership Session panelists

However, he was optimistic that the new logo and the Incepta collaboration represent a turning point for the sport.

“I am delighted and honoured to reveal our refreshed brand identity which I believe will help us greatly going forward. Furthermore, the federation is not shy to admit the primary challenge faced over the years has been absence of corporate collaborations that can greatly grow the sporting code,” declared Molaodi.

For his part, Incepta co-owner, Thabo Majola revealed that based on the feasibility study conducted by his company, the BVF require between P200, 000 and P2 million to adequately run the league.

“We call upon local companies to partner with BVF to rejuvenate the lost sport,” urged Majola.

The advertising mogul’s partner, Managing Director of Dialogue Group, Tonderai Tsara, stressed there was much for a sponsor to consider before they part with their cash.

“They look at the following of the sport, and they measure its success and how they conduct their affairs generally. Sponsors need to know what they are getting into. They have to know how the sport has been performing in order to map the way forward so that everyone in the collaboration benefits,” concluded Tsara.

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BFA welcomes COVID-19 stipend

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BFA welcomes COVID-19 stipend

On Monday Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development (MYSC), Tumiso Rakgare revealed the government’s plan to help the elite and second-tier leagues with player’s salary subsidies respectively.

Minister Rakgare stated that 25 players of all the 16 teams in the BTC premiership will be paid P2, 500 whilst first division players will each receive P1, 500 for the months of April. May and June.

Teams were expected to submit the required documentation for verification and due processes this week.

The Minister said it was inevitable for government to intervene as sports was the first discipline to be affected by Covid-19, citing the Mares Under 17 trip to Morocco that never materialized.

The Mares were scheduled to face their Moroccan counterparts for a return leg of the FIFA World Cup qualifier in March.

He further revealed that the subsidy is part of the P70 million set aside by the ministry to cushion the impact of Covid-19.

BFA welcomes COVID-19 stipend
SPORTS MINISTER: Rakgare

“The subsidy is only for Batswana players, technical and office staff and monies will be directly deposited to player’s bank accounts to avoid situations where teams might use such funds for their daily expenses,” he said.

He further revealed that referees will be assisted through the FIFA relief fund as agreed with BFA.

Letshwiti hailed the intervention, which he said will cushion the effects of the pandemic on the socio- economic lifestyles of players and technical members involved in running of the clubs.

“This will also go a long way in giving club leaders a reprieve during this challenging time,” he said.

The BFA President said club leaders and owners are custodians of football events and this financial assistance is critical in sustaining players and eventually the clubs they represent.

“The BFA is truly humbled by this noble gesture of unity. We have since availed P40,000 to BPL clubs as a reprieve to help clubs mitigate these devastating consequences,” he saud.

He further said, together with their partners, including government, they continue to discuss sustainable means to get football out of the woods.

“We truly are encouraged by the posture adopted by Honorable Minister Rakgare in finding the most reasonable and practical solution to the problems football faces in the country,” Letshwiti said.

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Teranga lions’ world cup legend retires

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Teranga lions’ world cup legend retires

Montpellier’s veteran former Senegal attacker Souleymane Camara has retired after 13 seasons with the side, club president Laurent Nicollin said on Monday.

Camara, 37, played a record 423 times for the outfit where he won the Ligue 1 title in 2012 and made the last of his 35 international appearances in the same year.

“We spoke on Friday and the decision was taken,” Nicollin told A French newspaper.

“He’s now thinking about what he’ll do next. We’ve given him some time to know what he wants to do, if he wants to coach here. We’ve left the door open,” he added.

Camara started his career with Monaco in 2001 before a loan spell at Guingamp and joining Nice four years later.

He was part of the Senegal squad which beat the then holders France en route to the historic 2002 World Cup quarter-finals.

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