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Will BFA stick to Styles?

The Premier League board and the Botswana Football Association (BFA) remain adamant that they have not interviewed any one for the post of league’s general manager, but for the record, Thabo Styles Ntshinogang’s contract is coming to an end. 

Not many premier league board members are expressing contentment with the work of Ntshinogang, hence a further consultation exercise is expected to intensify in dealing with the issue, reports claim. Former Tafic and Mochudi Center Chiefs general manager, Leviet Ntwaagae and former board member Solomon Ramochothwane are rumoured to be earmarked for the post in the event that the league board does not renew Ntshinogang’s stay.


It is further claimed that Ntshinogang, one of the two former CEO who have completed his tenure at BFA, might return to the association if luck strikes him. He was appointed by former BFA CEO Kitso Kemoeng as assistant to the association’s secretariat. When reached for comment Ntshinogang said he cannot talk about his relationship with the association to third parties. “I do want to talk about that, in fact I am not the right person to be talking about this issue,” he said.

BFA linked with ex PSL boss

Meanwhile former General Manager of South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL), Derek Blanckensee is believed to have held talks with Botswana Football Association (BFA) about possibility of becoming the league’s head of secretariat, WeekendSport has been told.  Information turned out by this publication indicates that Blanckensee was seen at the BFA headquarters almost 24 months in the company of high ranking football administrators discussing likelihood of heading the local elite league.

Sources however could not adequately establish the nitty-gritty of the meeting, but are still speculating that the man might be prepared to hold a plum post at the Botswana Premier League (BPL). It is further recalled that Dr Irvin Khoza, PSL chairman and also Orlando Pirates supremo once held a lengthy discussion with BFA President Mac Lean Letshwiti about improving the domestic game in the company of shrewd minds.

Informers say, Khoza who is highly rated at South African league has recommended the name of Derek Blanckensee to possible help turn around the fortunes of Botswana game. Information say Blanckensee, one of the most experienced administrators in domestic football, has been with the PSL since 2010 to July of last year. Among other tasks, he fine-tuned the PSL match operations in line with international FIFA standards.

He gained extensive knowledge as CEO of Bidvest Wits, with his administration career having started back in 1978 when he was the secretary of the Wits University Junior Football Club. Blanckensee, who took over from Ace Ncobo, was the 2010 Fifa World Cup local organizing committee’s chief competitions officer and his duties included overseeing stadium readiness, team services, venue management and tournament operations. He left the PSL offices under a cloud as it was understood all was not well in his office, which handled departmental football operations including the registration of players and teams.

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BAD WEEK FOR MANCHESTER CITY

6th February 2023

After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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Mason Greenwood attempted rape charges dropped

2nd February 2023

Charges of attempted rape and assault have been dropped against Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood who was arrested in January 2022 after the allegations emerged.

The 21-year-old was arrested in January last year amid allegations surrounding images and videos that emerged online.

He was later charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the charges were discontinued after a key witness withdrew their involvement.

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Raphael Varane announces retirement from international football after 10 years of service.

2nd February 2023

The Manchester United defender will now focus on his club career having made 93 caps for France, appearing at three world cups and on European championship. The Les Bleus won the World cup in 2018 and Raphael Varane started all but one of France’s matches in Qatar as they finished as runners up to Argentina

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