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THE ORANGE YOUTH CUP IS BACK

CHILD’S PLAY: Players from Phatsimo Primary School celebrate in an earlier tournament

Botswana Football Association Technical Director Sonnyboy Sethibe says the Orange Youth Cup billed for Lobatse will not be affected by the standoff between government and teachers.

Squashing rumors that the most prestigious youth tournament in the country formerly, The Voice Youth Cup was likely to be scrapped, he said the Botswana Primary Schools Sports Association through which the BFA runs the soccer spectacle has assured his organization that there will be teachers to see the event through.

“We had a meeting with Orange to assure them that BOPSA had assured us of their support. There is no chance of the tournament being scrapped or being scaled down to run for fewer days “, said Sethibe.
The BFA Technical Chief went on to say that the teams from village development teams would arrive in Lobatse on November 16, play on the 17th and the 18th and leave on the 19th.

Initiated by The Voice with the support of the BFA and the Francistown City Council the tournament has become an important part of the BFA’s youth development programme.  The most notable of the tournament’s products is Township Rollers and Zebras goalie Kabelo Dambe who was voted the tourney’s first Best Player and best goalie.

Over the years players who were first noticed by the BFA’s Technical Team have been part of the BFA’s now seemingly defunct School of Excellence initiative which was pioneered by former BFA Technical Director and now BDF XI coach Six Keatholetswe. Many such players have made the junior national teams and they play their football mostly in the first division. Next week Voice Sport will profile some of them to celebrate talent and hopefully inspire the younger players to aim high.