Over the weekend, Botswana’s most supported football club, Township Rollers made a huge announcement that their total earnings for the just ended season totalled P6 million.
That is a historic feat. It has never been imagined before that a local football club can announce this huge figure.
The announcement, made at the club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Selebi-Phikwe, comes shortly after the revelation that the team earned over a million from gate takings alone.
Kudos to the managing director of Township Rollers, Jagdish Shah who has been a good example of how a club’s fortune can be transformed if it is in good hands.
Indeed the club has never experienced this turn of fortunes until the coming on board of Jagdish. He is simply giving Township Rollers the same golden Jagdish touch that transformed CA Sales Distributors, a merchandising company that he started, into a multi-million Pula corporation.
Jagdish has proved that when he decided to get into the club ownership, his was not to milk the club or to make money, but to help the club realise its potential as a money spinner.
While we celebrate with the Blues and their owner, this should be seen as but the beginning of a laborious development process as the club must come up with innovative ways to erect its training facility, and other investments that tally with the club of its stature.
We hope that in time, we shall see those dreams becoming tangible as Township Rollers position itself as the exporter of talent to Europe.
Elsewhere, the Police report that this year’s Toyota 1000 Desert Race has been the most heavily attended spectacle.
This is encouraging considering that the winter bite was at its harshest in the weekend of the annual sporting event. We salute those multitudes who defied the cold spell to make the race the no1 event that it has always been in the Botswana calendar.