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Player welfare priority for Ngurungu

Player welfare is a priority for Maun-based Sankoyo Bush Bucks. Therefore, he club has gone to great lengths to support its players even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The club manager, Agnes Kelapile, said in an interview they continued to take care of its players’ welfare even though the league was suspended as a result of COVID-19 pandemic and amid financial strain in the club.

Kelapile said following suspension of the league, about six players decided to go to their respective villages while 19 remained in Maun and the club was supporting them.

“We had to ensure that players’ rentals are paid monthly and that they have food and we are also giving them P300 monthly for toiletry,” she said.

On  one hand, Kelapile indicated that players had also been given some fitness training programme to follow and she was happy that they were adhering to the extreme social distance regulations.

Meanwhile, Sankoyo Bush Bucks aka Ngurungu, had been struggling to secure sponsorship and relied on assistance from Sankoyo Tshwaragano Development Trust since its existence.

To augment the club’s efforts, the trust donated food hampers worth P10 000 to the club management over the weekend in effort to cushion effects of COVID-19 pandemic on their players.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Kelapile thanked the trust and Sankoyo community for rallying behind the team since its existence and for  continued support even during hard times.

The donation, she said, would augment their efforts, adding it was timely since players were locked indoors. She assured the trust that food hampers would be distributed to players.

The trust manager, Mompoloki Saziba, said players were also affected by the pandemic, hence finding it fit to assist them during difficult times.

Assistant manager, Nkgololang Samakata, indicated that the donation was a demonstration of their love towards the club. The trust, he said would continue to support the club where possible.

In a recent interview, he had indicated that the trust had put aside P60 000 to assist the team during the 2020/21 financial year and was awaiting the club’s plan of activities. ends

Source : BOPA

Author : Esther Mmolai

Location : MAUN

Event : Interview

Date : May 04 Mon,2020

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