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Thamaga X-mas tourney kicks off

 

Multitudes of football fans are expected to once again throng the small village of Thamaga for the annual Christmas tournament which begins tomorrow.

The much fancied tournament, which is played on a rotational basis during the festive season, will see four Thamaga teams: Thamaga Swallows, Thamaga Shooting Stars, Sanyane Celtics and Thamaga Blue Aces slug it out with a quartet of invitational teams in the mould of 2012 Coke Cup semi-finalists Molapo Green Birds from Mmopane, First division rookies Gabane United and the tournament’s defending champions Kgabosetso from Moshupa.

One of the tournament organisers, Tiro Lepotokisi said the tournament is on its sixth edition since its inception in 2006.

Lepotokisi said they were impressed by the level of support they were getting from the Thamaga community and all their sponsors given that the tournament has grown in leaps and bounds.

The inaugural sponsorship was P5 000 while the last edition of the tournament raked in a whooping P71 000. Last year, Kgabosetso claimed the crown after an intense final match against Kumakwane Checkers who they edged out in a penalty shoot-out. This years’ champions will head home with a mouth-watering P12 500 cash prize while the runners up will pocket P7 000.

The third placed team will get P5 000 while fourth placed will earn P4 000. Fifth and sixth placed teams will earn P3 000 each while seventh and eighth will get P2 000 each. The tournament was called off at the last minute during the 2007 edition after the sponsors pulled out at the eleventh hour.

The tournament is the brainchild of Lepotokisi, a renowned sports presenter and radio commentator with Radio Botswana and award winning Duma FM sports presenter, Tumiso Rakgare popularly known as Chillyboy in football circles.

Tournament organisers usually work with community development officers to identify needy persons who would benefit from the money raised. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Baleseng Batlotleng

Location : GABORONE

Event : Christmas tournament

Date : Dec 20 Thu,2012

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