Botswana’s lightweight king of boxing, Treasure Moremi's Tokyo 2020 Olympic dream disappeared abruptly after he missed an opportunity to ring dance at the just ended All Africa Games held in Rabat, Morocco.
The aggressively speedy boxer, received the depressing news that he will not be part of the competitors at the games. This came from his technical team just a days before the tournament kick started. Treasure, was dropped from the participants of the continental showpiece because of the newly introduced weight Olympic categories. His weight is 60kg and is not listed amongst the new ranks.Botswana Boxing Association (BOBA), assembled Tokyo 2020 team using Association of National Olympic Committee (ANOCA) categories which does recognize the 60kg. Botswana which has a team made up of a natural 56kg George Molwantwa, had to move to 57kg while underrated 64kg national champion Pitso Mmopiemang, had to drop to 63kg, thereby leaving Treasure out of the equation.
A source close to the events revealed to this publication, that Treasure will now have to fight for a spot with Molwantwa since he is more of a lightweight than a welterweight. The mole further said, that it is going to be tough for Treasure since Molwantwa is highly rated in the 57kg division. Should Treasure move to 63 kg, it will be difficult for him to penetrate through to other categories.The national team coach Master Luza, declined to comment on the matter but rather focused on other boxers who will be active in the tournament. The coach further indicated that the team cannot afford to be distracted with these developments from Rabat. "Its water under the bridge. I have four more male boxers and three female boxers, and so far so good,’’ argued Luza.
The DTCB Boxing Club star Tressure, lamented that it is not the end of the road for him. Treasure pins his hope on the upcoming Olympic qualifiers for boxing.
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.
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.
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.”