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BNSC wants e-ticketing implemented

Publishing Date : 07 August, 2017


While confusion still hovers around Lekidi Football Centre with regards to the readiness of premier league teams on the club licensing initiative, Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) has, on the other hand, written to the Botswana Football Association (BFA) recommending the use of e- ticketing system at the stadiums.

In a letter addressed to BFA CEO Ookeditse Malesu on the 6th of June, BNSC highlighted that it was still insisting on the use of an e-ticketing system that will facilitate speedy reconciliation when payment is done. This, they say is in light of Confederation of African Football (CAF) club licensing which is expected to be implemented by local clubs this coming season. BNSC wrote through their Business Development Director Thato Kgosimore while acknowledging the receipt of requests from BPL teams to use the different stadia as their home games for official games.

The sports Commission says e-ticketing through the standardized club licensing will see the system facilitating speedy payment settlement and curb delayed and/or failure to remits funds. The sports body has observed with misgivings, that over the past years, Botswana Premier League (BPL) clubs have been failing to pay their required share after using the stadiums. The umbrella body for all other sports code is unrelenting on this matter of payment and says it is high time they enforce laws. Part of the letter reads: “BNSC is willing to sign contracts with the BPL teams for the use of the stadia for the 2017/18 season.  The commission insists on the use of an e-ticketing system.”

The premier league teams are expected to be briefed BNSC’s stance and map a way forward. In the past season, clubs were paying BNSC 25% of gate takings. The other 20% was going into the BPL coffers while the teams pocketed the remaining 55%. The e-ticketing system was tested for the first time this past season and somehow failed to pass the grade.  Reports indicate that the system was slow and yielded poor results where football spectators would queue for longer periods.

However, the premier league board of governors is reportedly looking to improve the arrangement across the country. For his part, BPL CEO Thabo Ntshinogang first acknowledged to have received a copy of the letter and echoed that the system must be put in place in the coming season. “Yes my office has received the letter and I can assure you that the board of governors is working on the issue,” he said. It is anticipated that the league house fairly debates the issue of the percentage they get from the clubs. It is the wish of some of the board of governors that this move be terminated to help teams raise their own money. At the time of going to print, BNSC was waiting on the premier league to schedule a meeting to seal the matter.



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