Indoor soccer is the latest craze
It is hard to believe that indoor football has been in existence in the country for over 10 years. That is according to one of the organisers of the 5-aside tournament held over the weekend at Bank of Botswana grounds.
Lesego Moalosi told Voice Sport that Indoor Soccer League started over 12 years ago, and used to be hosted at Boipuso Hall. “It was an informal, more social set up and when we could no longer afford the fees for the hall we moved around until we settled at Botswana College of Agriculture, where we are still at today,” Moalosi said.
He said from eight teams they have now grown to 10 teams to constitute what is now called Gaborone Indoor Soccer League (GISL). The league has grown in leaps and bounds and has even attracted the attention of Botswana Football Association (BFA).
“Talks have been held between us and the BFA. We are in the process, if things go according to plan, to be affiliated to the BFA. The football body has been supportive of our cause and have been sanctioning their referees to officiate at our matches,” Moalosi said.
He said they however still have to sort themselves out, by formalising their structures before they can be officially accepted into the BFA family.
“The 5-aside tournament was one way of trying to raise funds for the next edition of the league which commences immediately after the World Cup,” he said. Moalosi further said the 5-aside tournament has proven to be interesting to locals as witnessed by a great turnout in this year’s tournament.
“There was a similar tournament last year held at Ditshupo hall which attracted only 16 teams. This time around we had 34 teams, more than double what we had last year. We even had to turn away some team who wanted to register,” he said. He said some participants even suggested that the tournament should be held quarterly instead of once a year.
“We however decided to make this an annual thing and hopefully next year we will be able to attract a few teams from South Africa to make the event even more interesting. We want to give corporate and social teams a platform to socialise and play football. Above all we would like to thank The Voice News Paper, Yarona FM and Masego Nchingane for the support,” said Moalosi.
Hailing this year’s tournament a success Moalosi said they have managed to raise awareness of indoor football and have been able to receive positive feedback.
Meanwhile Standard Chartered were crowned Champions after defeating Zac Construction 3-2 in the finals. Stanchart who did not lose a single match walked away with P5000, medals and a trophy, while the runners up took P2500 and medals.
The third and fourth play-offs was between City Rollers and Day Walkers, with the latter emerging winners to pocket P1500 and medals.