- be Mobile trophy proves a hit in Ghetto
The beMobile Premier League came to an end in style on a fun filled holiday Monday when Champions Mochudi Centre Chiefs entertained city favourites Tafic FC. The match at the Francistown stadium also marked the historic arrival of the league trophy in the north.
The game was made free for kids after both teams agreed to make the last match of their season a great experience for youngsters, particularly Botswana Football Association developmental sides who curtain raised for the league sides. Action started at 12:30 as Under-15 sides treated supporters to what one elated fan termed, ‘innocent football.’
BeMobilethen added to the fan fare with a six-vehicle motorcade around the stadium, where the trophy was on display for the excited fans.
Ardent Chiefs supporter, Nelson ‘Ace’ Masilo who drove from Selebi-Phikwe to watch the match said he was impressed by the effort beMobilehad made to increase their visibility in all their matches.
“I have come here so many times and the atmosphere is often dull.
Today was indeed different, it was exciting and I hope other clubs do more of this kind of thing next season,” said Masilo.
The die-hard Chiefs fan rarely misses the chance to see his favourites in action, and was particularly impressed with the half time entertainment provided by the Under-12 BFA grassroots development sides.
“It was great to see as these kids will never have experienced playing before a large crowd, posing for pictures with the trophy and seeing their role models up close and personal in front of all those cameras. It is is something a youngster will cherish forever, and can only be good for the development of the game,” he said.
The crowd cheered as young boys and girls in oversized soccer kits, some without even boots, turned on the style during the 15 minuteshalf time break. More than one supporter even went so far as to suggestthat it would have been better if the Chiefs/Tafic match was used as a curtain raiser for the youth teams!
BeMobile representative TsamaoSalepito, who had travelled from Gaborone with the sponsor’s impressive trophy, expressed his delight at the reception the cup received. “We would love to do the same again for the first game of the coming season and make the event free for all as a great way to launch the next league campaign in Francistown,” he said.
Meanwhile Chiefs will be officially handed their trophy next Thursday at the beMobile awards in Gaborone where they are expected to dominate both individual and team honours.
The Green Boot award has been settled, and will go to both Joel Mogorosi and Keaketswe ‘Mara’ Moloi who are tied with 26 goals. Both players did not take part in the Monday match, ending speculation that one was favoured over the other.
The Player of the Season is also a tough battle between the two outstanding strikers and one of them is expected to clinch the coveted title.Supporters and Players’ Player award has also been narrowed down to the two whose contribution to Chiefs triumph has been greatly significant this season.