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Debswana boosts first division with first aid kits

In a move that will go a long way in addressing widespread concerns of players’ safety in the First Division League, Debswana has donated 24 fully equipped first aid boxes and stretchers to the BFA. The equipment will be distributed to all the teams involved in the Frist Division league. In addition, Debswana will make provision for first aid training for all the teams

Debswana Head of Corporate Affairs, Rachel Mothibatsela said that the company’s gesture was motivated by the company’s value of safety, which puts the lives of people first. She further underlined that Debswana prides itself in the development of football in the country, adding that safety has to be the number one value in a sport that is a source of entertainment for Batswana and globally.

“Over the past six years, Debswana has invested over P17 million in sports development in Botswana. Today I am delighted to present yet another contribution worth more than P200 000 which includes first aid boxes and stretchers. In addition, we will make provision for first aid training for all the teams,” Mothibatsela said.

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) has hailed the coming onboard of Debswana Diamond Company in development of football and other sport codes in this country. The Football Association particularly applauded Debswana for its involvement in football, notable the National First Division League. Debswana has an agreement with the BFA to sponsor the First Division League at the value of P6 million, spread equally over a period of three years.

The BFA Chief Executive Officer, Mfolo Mfolo, and First Division North Chairperson, Mpenzeni Samandawe. The two hailed Debswana Board and management for their decision to support football in this country, adding that “We are very proud as Government that Debswana is doing the right thing by being involved in a national sport that unites people, a national sport that everybody wants to associate with.”

Mfolo added that the BFA has continued to enjoy cordial relationships with Debswana, noting that the partnership has moved football forward. He however bemoaned some of poor facilities and even lackluster safety measures in the league, adding that there is shortage of basic equipment such as first aid boxes and stretchers in the First Division. According to Mfolo, players’ welfare is at risk as a result of the shortage of basic amenities.

When receiving the contribution by Debswana, Mpenzeni Sambandawe, committed to prioritise safety within the league. He pleaded with the teams to utilize the first aid kits to safeguard players’ welfare.