Bots chases Newcastle deal

Interested: The Botswana government wants to partner with Newcastle United PIC: SHIELDS GAZETTE
Interested: The Botswana government wants to partner with Newcastle United PIC: SHIELDS GAZETTE

The government is exploring collaboration with English top-flight soccer outfit, Newcastle United in a bid to promote the country’s tourism and grassroots soccer, Mmegi Sport has learnt.

Although details are still sketchy, Mmegi Sport has established that a delegation from Botswana led by the Minister of Trade and Industry Mmusi Kgafela and the Minister of Youth, Gender, Sport and Culture Tumiso Rakgare was recently in England, where they met directors of Newcastle to discuss possible areas of cooperation. This week, Rakgare confirmed that government is exploring partnering with Newcastle in a bid to promote tourism in the country and other sports-related areas. “We have interest in partnering with Newcastle.

There are so many benefits that might come up with this partnership if it can see the light of day. It can benefit us from tourism to grassroots development among others,” Rakgare told Mmegi Sport this week. He also confirmed that the government recently sent a delegation to England to meet the directors of Newcastle. However, Rakgare said the main factor with reference to concluding the deal is the finance. “There are processes to follow. Where we are right now, all the ministries have some commitments. We have already made some financial commitments because the budget was passed this March in Parliament. We will have to see how we are going to juggle the budget that we have in different ministries. It is not an easy task.

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