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UEFA uplifts BFA

A delegation from Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has left a reverberating message inside the boardrooms of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) this following their successful post mortem of the state of Botswana football.

UEFA crew came to Botswana at the invite of the association to address some of the nibbling issues of football that borders around marketing, club administration and sponsorship. The delegation also came at the instance of BFA boss Maclean Letshwiti, who intends to administer the association alongside its strategy that covers development of football from grass roots and club administration among others.

It is said that the association was guided to first reduce the number of clubs participating in the premier league. Currently, there are 16 teams taking part in the elite league, but the UEFA crew feels that at least four teams have to fall. According to sources, the UEFA delegation is of the view that sources are not adequately distributed within a stream of teams that are more than 12. It is said that the UEFA squad holds a strong belief that Botswana population is too small to carry an elite league of 16 clubs.

This advice is however is not new to the ears of the Association. A year ago, Footballer’s Union of Botswana (FUB) advised the Association to seriously look into this issue. It appears that the UEFA delegation is awakening the idea after it has been given the mandate to study the content of local football. Those behind this thought believe that competition among the league teams will be heightened together with the fact that better finances will be spread across the teams.  As things stand, in a premier league format of 16 teams, clubs receive monthly grants of P50 000.  This figure can be improved if lesser teams make up the elite league.  

But when approached for further clarity, BFA first Vice President Marshlow Motlogelwa shied from giving an interview to this publication. He rather referred us to BFA CEO Mfolo Mfolo whose phone rang unanswered as of going to print. In fact, the call to reduce the number of teams comes to the fore for the umpteenth time now. A few months ago, BFA held showdown talks with one German football scientist Christoph Rocholl, about the need to restructure and reduce the number of premier league clubs.

The UEFA Committee also left an impression about the positions of the CEO’s at the football offices. As things stand, there are two posts held by two different CEOs, one at the BFA, the other is at the premier league and is unoccupied after Thabo Ntshinogang was redeployed at the close of the season last year.  The other BFA post is held by Mfolo Mfolo who is seconded by government to assist their secretariat.

 According to this delegation, the premier league can be administered through the BFA administration.  It is not however clear if the association will eventually succumb to the pressure that normally comes with these recommendations. The need to phase out the CEO post now seems to dampen the league’s audacity to stand as an independent entity. It is claimed that the league, from time immemorial, aspires to run itself without help from the association.

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It’s do or die for Zebras

28th March 2023

The senior national team, the Zebras, is currently in Equatorial Guinea to for an African Cup of Nations Qualifiers tie. Before they departed, the team’s coach, Mogomotsi Mpote, had his troops train in Morocco. This was through the agreement between the two countries.

The agreement between the BFA and the Fédération Moroccan Football Association states that the two nations will work together to organize friendly matches between their respective national teams. It also allows the establishment of football camps for the youth categories (U-15, U-17, and U-20), this includes women’s national teams.

The national team has played over 180 minutes in its two qualifying matches against Tunisia and Libya. Currently, the Zebras, Lesotho and Liberia are the only teams that haven’t scored yet in the competition (this is correct by press time on Friday).

Before the match against Equatorial Guinea match, the local boys who were once known as the whipping boys of Africa in the early 2000s, were languishing at the bottom of the log standings in group J. They lost their first match away to Libya on June 1, 2022. However, they managed to salvage a point against Tunisia last year.

Before the team left for Equatorial Guinea, coach Mpote urged his players to focus on keeping their hopes of making a return trip to the AFCON finals alive after an 11 year absence since the maiden appearance in 2012. He noted that they would not allow their opponents to score and would ensure that they would get a draw.

Despite the various changes that have occurred in the two countries’ football landscape, the two teams have only met once before. In 2010, the local boys defeated the Equatorial Guinea team in a friendly match, which ended in an emphatic win for the visitors. Since then, the two sides have realised different fortunes in FIFA rankings, with Equatorial Guinea ranked 51 places above the Zebras.

Meanwhile, in their last six games, Guinea has only managed to win one of them. They drew with Rwanda and Togo in September 2022 friendlies. They have found the back of the net just twice in their six games. On the other hand, the Zebras, won one match against Zambia and lost four on their way to finishing at the bottom of the group with four points. At the conclusion of their previous AFCON campaign, the local boys traveled to Zambia and secured a draw.


Despite the recent results of the Guinean team, which have only managed to draw with Rwanda and Togo in their last six matches, coach Mpote is still confident that his team will perform well against the hosts.

According to the head coach, the local boys have the necessary skills and resources to perform well against any country. He noted that the team’s coaches have been studying abroad to gain a deeper understanding of the various aspects of football.

“Tactically they should also be ready. We need your (Botswana fans) usual support, when we come back from Equatorial Guinea, we will go to Francistown, and we will need you. You are our 12th player, and you are very important to us.”


This week, the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) Tuelo Serufho revealed that the Obed Itani Chilume Stadium will host the return leg of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between the local boys and Equatorial Guinea. The venue had initially failed an inspection test conducted by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). However, following the completion of the necessary works, the stadium was allowed to host the match.

According to BNSC Chief, Tuelo Serufho, the various requirements that the stadium must meet included having a designated parking area for the media and spectators, as well as having signage that will guide the spectators. He also noted that the venue now has a world-class media area.

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Jagdish Shah rejects Rollers society

27th March 2023

Township Rollers, one of the country’s most decorated football clubs with 15 premier league titles, is finding itself in a precarious situation as its long-term chief financier, Jagdish Shah, threatens to dump them if the society does not bow down to his demand of forfeiting their 20 percent interest in the company.

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Orange injects P350 000 into Phikwe marathon

21st March 2023

Mobile network Orange Botswana is committed to supporting the development of local sport. Through its sponsorship, the company will be able to promote and market the sport. According to Maano Masisi, the company believes that sport can unite people from different backgrounds.

He stated that through the sponsorship of the marathon, the company will help promote healthy lifestyles and unity among the people of Selebi Phikwe.

The Selebi Phikwe Marathon is scheduled to take place on July 29, 2023. It is expected that it will attract international, regional, and social runners. A total of P216 000 has been allocated for the prize money for the first ten places in the 42.2 km race. For the 15km and 10km races, the LOC will give away prizes to the first five places.

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