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Rollers’ 8000 capacity stadium almost complete

Publishing Date : 04 July, 2018

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

Township Rollers management in conjunction with construction business mogul, Sayed Jamali are set to announce the completion of an 8000 capacity stadium built on the outskirts of Tlokweng  in a plot wholly owned by Jamali.


High ranking officials from Township Rollers indicate that the stadium will be opened in July where an official statement will be made. It is further said that both parties have written to the Botswana Premier League (BPL) declaring their interest to avail the infrastructure for rental purposes.


Jamali and Rollers President, Jagdish entered into partnership way in 2016 where Rollers was paying Jamali a total of P30 000 per month for using Jamali’s undeveloped field. Rollers, up to this date is training at Tlokweng in exactly the same plot where the stadium is been developed and will not be paying anything to Jamali once the project is finally completed, sources claim.


There is no doubt that the stadium will attract a medium crowd as Sir Seretse Khama Barracks (SSKB) and Ootse Police College Stadium. Both infrastructures have been available for premier league games, and this gives Rollers unwavering faith that the stadium will be used for in the next coming season. Should everything be agreed upon, Rollers will stand a good chance in raking in profit for the team, particularly after enduring turbulent seasons due to the ever increasing stadium levy.


However, both parties are still cagey with the partnership agreed between them. All the while, Township Rollers have been locked in a drawn-out search for funding for the new stadium with millions of Pulas, which is seen by the club chief financer as fundamental to the club's long-term future.


Premier League clubs over the past seasons have been paying Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) 25% of gate takings. Teams however have cried foul over the percentage, saying they were not making profit. The teams said they usually struggled to pay players, amongst other things after paying stadia levy.


However, this publication has gathered that the league board is suggesting a new payment ranging between P1.2 and P1.5 million to the Sport Commission. Should both parties agree, premier league teams will for the first time recoup 100% as gate takings to further improve players’ living conditions.


Should the move see the light of the day, it will effectively mean that the issue of ticketing solely becomes the responsibility of premier league teams, and not the premier league board as it has been the case. The negotiations, once agreed upon, will reverse and repel, to a certain degree, BNSC’s total recommendation of e-ticketing. The commission advocated for the use of an e-ticketing system that it will facilitate speedy reconciliation when payment is done.


But in any case, Rollers is on its way to joining BDF XI, Police XI, Orapa United and Jwaneng Galaxy as the only premier teams with total control of their stadia. League officials were not ready to admit whether they will use the Rollers stadium in the near future, but are courageous that should an agreement be reached, the stadia should help reduce over-reliance on BNSC.

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