P90 000 For OCT Tournament This Easter Holidays!!

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The Okavango Community Trust (OCT) football tournament will this Easter Holidays be sponsored to the tune of P91 200, up from last year’s P60 000 sponsorship. The tournament  will be held on the 29th- 31st March at Gudigwa village.

OCT has sponsored this year’s tournament with P40 000, Okavango Wilderness Safaris (OWS) has pledged P25 000, Great Plains Conservation (GPC) has contributed P20 000, Classic Drop Motors has donated P3 000, Jumbo Junction has contributed P2 000 while Mogolodi and Associates has pledged P1 200.

The main objective of the tournament which was established by OCT in 2000 is to enhance sports tourism and cultural diversity in the OCT villages. It is also meant encourage cultural cohesion in the five villages via a cultural night and to encourage a healthy living lifestyle through sport. The tournament is a platform for identification of football talent in the five villages for development.

The six participating teams in the tournament are Seronga United, Gudigwa United, Beetsha United, Eretsha United, Gunutsoga United and Kwedi Sables. The champions of the tournament will walk away with P7 000, position two will receive P6 200, the third position will pocket P5 200 while teams from the fourth to the sixth position will receive P4 000 each.

In an interview, OCT General Manager Botshelo Sesinyi said that this year’s tournament has shown significant growth as it has received support from many companies and attracted interest from the media. According to Sesinyi, the sponsorship package will cover meals for the teams and guests, transport and logistics, branding, photography services, commentary, individual awards and officiating.

“I believe the tournament has grown as it has attracted many sponsors, the tournament has birthed a team that plays in the Nhabe Regional Football League under Shakawe Stream named Delta Soccer Stars FC was formed in 2022 from the five villages. The tournament came in handy when selecting players for the said team,” he said.

In an interview, OWS Chief of Staff Dawson Ramsden said OCT football tournament is part and parcel of their partnership with the communities. He noted that the tournament is an endeavour to grow and develop young talent within these communities, and so fitting another brick to empowerment pillar.

“This tournament is of great importance, and it is our hope that it will be a portal to opening doors and windows for the participants to eventually be discovered and play in the big leagues, or even better, propagate another iconic soccer team coming from the Ngamiland region,” he said.

Ramsden said resources permitting it is their dream that going forward they can develop other sporting codes from a very young age, as they believe that these areas are teeming with talent that just needs to be sought out and be developed.

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