Once every four years, the world goes into a frenzy over the FIFA World Cup – and that includes football lovers in Botswana.
Bars and restaurants in Francistown are preparing to cash in on the 2018 World Cup bonanza that got underway yesterday (Thursday) in Russia.
A random survey conducted by Voice Money early this week has established that restaurants and bars will offer drink and menu specials throughout the sporting spectacle as well as hiring more staff.
Since most of the matches will be aired live late afternoon when people are working, fans will be compelled to either catch the action at their place of work, leave work early or watch the action in one of the many eateries that are making preparations to screen the games.
“I am planning to erect a big screen behind the main cafeteria,” said the Sudanese-born Agnes Ladu, who co-owns Equatorial Liquor Restaurant.
An excited Ladu added, “Some adjustments are being made on the seating arrangements to accommodate as many patrons as possible who we anticipate to fill our premises, probably with the exception of weekends.”
Meanwhile, Micheal Morima, Dzimanyota Bar owner at White City, is licking his lips as the games roar into life. Morima said he will not levy any charges towards those who will come to watch the matches.
“However, the patrons will be compelled to buy something to consume during the duration of a match because we are in business and will not entertain idle sitting,” Morima warned.