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Rollers chase Galaxys Da Costa

Township Rollers is following with keen interest the developments surrounding the future of Jwaneng Galaxy coach Miguel Da Costa, with BTC Premiership defending champions reportedly eager for his services.

Mascom Top 8 champions Jwaneng Galaxy are yet to negotiate a new deal with their Portuguese gaffer despite his contracted coming to end at the close of the current season. The 38 year-old tactician who penned down a one-year deal with the Jwaneng based club from Vipers Sports Club of Uganda has attracted the interest of other clubs elsewhere including Township Rollers.   

Despite Township Rollers still at the summit of the league table, coach Rudolph Zapata has brought mixed feelings to the club faithful. The club experienced lacklustre performance in a number of games under his tutelage, including failing to retain the Mascom Top 8 cup this season. The Blues believes Da Costa who has proved his mettle since his arrival and the Jwaneng based outfit. Not only has Da Costa won the Mascom Top 8 cup, the Portuguese has also given Rollers the run for its money in the current BTC Premiership campaign.

WeekendSport has established that it is not coach Da Costa who is under the radar of the Jagdish Shah project, it is reported that Anthony Gouws who was arguably the best goalkeeper in the last two seasons and also Gilbert Baruti are on the wanted list of Mapalastina.
Da Costa steered Galaxy to win their second Mascom Top 8 after defeating Gaborone United 2-0 in the final held at Francistown in March. The club conceded only one goal in five games, scoring 8 goals en route victory.

Since beginning his reign for the mining town giant, the Portuguese coach has played 27 league games, winning 15 drawing and losing only two games. Galaxy suffered defeats against Orapa United and Police XI, encounters in which Da Costa was serving a suspension.
Da Costa man is currently occupying number two spot on the BTC Premiership log standings with 60 points, just a point behind Township Rollers, with two games to spare. Galaxy has scored 53 goals, conceded the least number of goals being 16 goals with a goal difference of 37.

“The coach has made it clear that his contract should be discussed based on the results of all the games, so the negotiations will start after the last game of the league,” said PRO of Galaxy Tankiso Morake. Morake told WeekendSport that the team is focused and they will not give up till the last whistle on the last game of the BTC Premiership as they believe they do stand a chance.

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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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