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Stanbic keeps Rollers guessing

Publishing Date : 20 August, 2018


First National Bank of Botswana(FNBB) have secretly expressed unwavering interest to become the next Township Rollers main shirt sponsors should the current sponsor, Stanbic Bank fail to agree terms on new deal- WeekendSport has been informed.

The partnership between Stanbic and Rollers is reportedly running on the last lap this season with negotiations for further renewal stalled. Sources indicate, however, that FNBB is monitoring development with keen interest and would like to unite with high flying Rollers. Other information also indicates that Stanbic Bank is eyeing for renewal although idling on time. They say FNBB is now used as ‘catalyst’ to keep Stanbic bank on their toes.

  However, it is noted that Steven Bogatsu was spotted attending Botswana Telecommunication Cooperation (BTC) Charity Cup games last weekend in the midst of Rollers dignitaries, further fuelling speculation about the intention of the bank. Bogatsu is FNBB’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Furthermore, Rollers this week show cased their new jerseys, but the club’s alternative kit was without the Stanbic logo. To some, this omission tells a story about Roller’s careful negotiations.

Stanbic bank became Township Rollers second shirt sponsors under club investor, Jagdish Shah. The first ever deal struck was with Capital Bank for 2014/15 season as the bank strived to improve its brand awareness. The bank was popping 1 million pula per season. At a time when Rollers welcomed Stanbic Bank in 2016, head of customer channels, Calistas Chijoro concurred that Popa is a colossal brand which they are proud to be associated with.

“Township Rollers is the biggest sporting institution in the country and we are pleased to be partnering with such a giant. Football is a language understood by all, and in this country, it gets no bigger than Rollers; record 13 times national champions, multiple winners of various cup competitions such as the old Coca Cola Cup and the Mascom Top 8,” Chijoro said. The bank is sponsoring Rollers at a tune of P 1.2 million per season. The deal over three seasons amounts to P3.6 million.

Rollers’ President who is also the chief negotiator was not available for comment as his team has jetted off to Uganda for the penultimate Confederation of African Football (CAF) tie against Kamapala Capital City Authority (KCCA).  Rollers is languishing on the third spot, four points behind overwhelming favorites, Esperance of Tunisia and Al Alhy of Egypt.

In all spheres of reasoning, FNBB pipeline interest is regarded as a rival bid. But to Township Rollers, sources say it is still a welcome move for as long as it empowers and improves the fortunes of the club. It is said Rollers players will obviously open new accounts at the FNB bank and enjoy benefits that come along. FNBB is slowly entering the sport arena. In June of this year, the bank announced a deal of P3 million with Botswana Tertiary Student Sports Association (BOTESSA). The cash boost is to be used over the next three years.



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