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Former Premier League Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bennett Mamelodi is reported to have received a call from a section of Mochudi Center Chiefs membership to bid for the club’s chairmanship as the club battle for identity continues.

It is believed that the future of the incumbent chairman Raymond Tsheko is under scrutiny after Chiefs failed to play their fixture against Miscellaneous Sporting Club last weekend.  The team could not travel to Serowe after players refused to train, protesting against unpaid salaries.  Sources are of the view that the team management is not honest with players particularly after the club made profit when they hosted high flying Township Rollers a fortnight ago.

While this situation was unfolding, it is reported that some section of supporters are said to be fed-up with antics from club management. It is against this reason that they are piling pressure on Chiefs executive committee to call a special congress to explain the down route the club has taken. Moreover, the said supporters are eager to topple the management especially club Chairman Raymond Tsheko and have him replaced him Mamelodi.

 According to their conviction, Mamelodi as a former player of the club can turn around Magosi’s fortunes. They say his experience seen at the premier league highest office is vast enough to attract sponsors for the ailing outfit. Mamelodi was expelled last year on accusations of office abuse and mal-administration. He challenged his unfair dismissal case but the High Court in September rule in favour of the association.

When answering WeekendSport on telephone interview, club chairman Raymond Tsheko said everything about the club is back to normal. “We have normalised the situation and our players are very happy and ready to face Black Forest.” When answering speculation concerning Mamelodi, the chairman claimed that members have their own opinions but urged that they should be informed that the special assembly is not an elective congress.

“Elections can only take place if members of the executive committee resign, this is to update the membership about the state of the club since we took over,” Tsheko said. The date of the assembly is yet to be announced. Chiefs are languishing in the bottom half of the table, occupying the 12th spot. They have recorded only seven points after playing eight games. They have only one win recorded against Security System and their game against Rollers was arguably their best since the beginning of the season.

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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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