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Chiefs deny Bright links

Mochudi Centre Chiefs have denied claims linking them to former national team coach, Major David Bright, who is said to be on his way to replace nomadic Oris Radipotsane. It became clear last week, that Radipotsane accepted a call to dump Chiefs for a lucrative Jwaneng Galaxy job.

Chiefs’ website page downplayed the strategy of roping in the Botswana born coach, where reports said Bright has, behind closed doors, been interviewed as possible replacement to Radipotsane.‘‘As far as we are concerned Bright is not in our thoughts, all that is needed is to look for a perfect replacement because Radipotsane went too early,’’ the club wrote.While the club management acknowledged the claims regarding the local mentor, they are also quick to distance themselves from what they term “corridor talk”.

But some in football circles believe the club is now only treading carefully around the issue of their new mentor, especially after last weekend’s 1 all draw, with newly promoted outfit Ncojane FC.  Prior to that weekend game, Radipotsane was on his last leg and was held to a goalless draw by rivals, Mochudi Rovers. Other reports however indicate that Center Chiefs are in fact looking into negotiating with Elias Chinyemba, who was formerly with TaFIC Sporting Club. Radipotsane started the season well. He took the league by a storm winning all his first three games and also keeping a clean sheet. That was when Magosi quickly regained country wide appeal. But the team’s performance began to slide in the last two games. They are yet to lose a game, but have surrendered pole position to Uniao Flamengo Santos, owing to two consecutive draws.

It is not clear if Chiefs will remain faithful to Chinyemba, but sources inside the club say the presence of Edwin Hlabangani Masire, the former club player has been more influential to the players than Radipotsane was in winning the games. Meanwhile, different sources have already reported that Chiefs is targeting Chinyemba and not Bright to replace Radipotsane. ‘‘Elias Chinyemba is being targeted by Kgatleng giants, Mochudi Centre Chiefs. The Mochudi based side is in search of Radipotsane’s replacement,’’ a source within Chiefs camp said. Center Chiefs is eyeing a quick return to the premier league after relegating last season. The sudden departure of experienced Radipotsane has of course left them pressing panic buttons.

The club is said to have resolved their internal wars that, without a doubt, triggered their fall. Now the anticipation will be enormous to see if Chinyemba will do what Radipotsane was doing before exiting the Chiefs scene.

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Finally, sponsors jerk BFA

30th January 2023

With many being of the view that the state of football in Botswana has deteriorated significantly as it is no longer appealing to the business community, this was a good week for the football community. The Botswana Football Association (BFA) leadership under the stewardship of MacLean Letshwiti secured sponsorship for a combined value of P19. 3 million for the FA Cup competition and the First Division league – both South and North.

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Clubs petition Zackhem, Jagdish Shah

23rd January 2023

Some disgruntled Botswana Football League (BFL) shareholders are planning to petition the BFL board led by Gaborone United director and chief financier Nicolas Zackhem and his treasurer Jagdish Shah. Furthermore, they want to challenge the Botswana football Association (BFA) leadership over the deteriorating status of football in the country.

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P80 million windfall for BFA

9th January 2023

Botswana Football Association (BFA) is poised to benefit from FIFA’s forward development programme. The Association will receive over P80 million to be used during the course of the next four years, as the world football governing body is strengthens its commitment to building a stronger foundation and the growth of football.

The Forward 3.0 funds – to be accessed by all 54 CAF members for the next four years have seen an increase of USD 2 million compared to Forward 2.0 cycle and Forward 1.0 cycle when the programme was launched.

According to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, the third cycle of the programme will be launched this month and it will dedicate more financial resources than before to developing football nations as there is an overall increase of approximately 30% compared to Forward 2.0.

“It is vital that we are now strengthening our commitment to building a stronger foundation for the growth of football,” Infantino noted.

The 62 page report by FIFA-Forward-Development-Programme-Forward-3-0-regulations also reveals that for travel and equipment, each member association, subject to compliance with the regulations, will receive an additional USD 1 million to cover the cost of travel and accommodation for their national teams. It further states that the remaining funds may be used to cover the cost of travel and accommodation for domestic competitions organized by the member associations.

“A contribution of up to USD 200,000 for the four-year cycle (2023-2026) to cover the cost of any football equipment related to the training of players and organization of matches (e.g. full kits for the national teams, balls, mini goals, bibs, substitution boards and referees’ communication systems) for those member associations that are identified as needing the most assistance,” the report indicated.

FIFA President, Infantino and his team said the member association is identified as needing the most assistance, for the purpose of the contributions, where their annual revenues (excluding Forward Programme funds as well as funds from any other FIFA programme/ initiative) do not exceed USD 4 million as the figure shall be reflected in the latest annual statutory audit report submitted to the FIFA general secretariat within six months after the closing of the relevant financial year.

Nevertheless, the contributions for travel will be released in four equal installments of USD 250,000 each in January every year, whilst those for equipment will be released in four equal installments of USD 50,000 each in January every year provided that the member association has fulfilled the conditions.

For the specific projects – in the case of Botswana and Namibia – there is an ambition to host the AFCON 2027 and if the joint bid succeed, the two nations will need to build new stadium to meet the requirements of CAF as the Bid technical committee has alluded before; therefore the two associations could make an appeal for extra funds to FIFA.

The report further says where a member association uses funds allocated for specific projects to improve or build new football infrastructure for its direct benefit or for the benefit of another entity (e.g. regional associations or clubs), the member association shall also provide, as part of the supporting documents, the FIFA general secretariat with the relevant national land registry certificate or extract confirming that the member association or the other entity is the owner of the land or the agreements confirming the donation, transfer or other form of provision to, or use of land by the association.

When contacted for comment, local sports analyst, Jimmy George said; “Ours is more a lack of vision, than money to finance programs. Regrettably when you lack vision not even USD 8 million can bail you out. Its pity the funds might be used to pay for the past projects that have yielded very little success.”

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