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BFA taps Masisi

A delegation from Botswana Football Association (BFA) has once again engaged and tested Government of Botswana’s resolve over the issue of constituency tournaments. The association wants to draw modalities for the new Botswana government, to help run the tourney within a standardized football capacity.

Sources say the first meeting between the two parties has already taken place and the future looks promising. BFA is said to have the backing of their overseer, Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) to strategize a better way of administering the tourney.
It is reported that the sports commission’s documented report has cast doubt over the way the tourney has been administered.  In a promise not to kill what is seen as government’s good initiative, BFA pledges to provide well-groomed football administrators to run the country wide tourney.

Meanwhile, not all codes are accepting of the development. The Volleyball Federation and Netball Association, it is said, have not minced their words regarding the commission’s intention. Both codes want the tournament scrapped off because it forces players to abandon their teams for the tourney. This is because the tournament itself has a lot more money than the recognised local teams.

According to a report, however, the sole intention of the Ministry is to capture the talent and monitor it through stages until it is ready for bigger worldwide competitions. Investigations reveal that, annually, the existing constituency league, which includes football, volley ball and netball needs an estimation of P40 million to operate in all 67 constituencies.  Participants are estimated to be around 80 000 from the three sporting codes.

Chairman of the commission, Solly Reikeletseng could not be drawn into divulging much information but concedes that “there are consultative meetings between involved parties with an aim of reaching a common understanding”. In the past, the football constituency tournament opened a can of worms between BFA and the government when FIFA, a world football governing body descended into the country, demanding answers as to why the government is administrating football and not BFA. A common understanding was however reached that BFA will be responsible for the technical administration of the game while the government, which is the main financer, will continue to police the league.

This issue was debated for some time until it reached boiling point in 2014. Former FIFA Development officer Ashford Mamelodi was once tasked with an assignment to deliver a solution that the Botswana Football Association (BFA) and Government could easily agree upon. One other key mind was Kgosana Masaseng who is the secretary of Football Union of Botswana. He was tasked with coming up with a list of key strategists to help fast-track the discussions to break the constituency tournaments stalemate.

Politicians from across the spectrum were at the time at each other’s throats especially after information spread that FIFA had given the BFA until September 22 to come up with convincing answers to the issue of Constituency tournaments. The BFA, according to those close to the game, had written to FIFA, complaining about the impact of Constituency tournaments on mainstream football in Botswana.

FIFA swiftly sent a two-man delegation to Botswana on a fact-finding mission to assess the impact of constituency tournaments, which were introduced in 2008 in an attempt by Government to address youth unemployment, among other thorny issues. It was called the constituency sport tournament programme as it coincided with the political constituency boundaries for its implementation and administration.

The FIFA delegation after meeting both Government officials led by then acting Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture, Vincent Seretse, and the Tebogo Sebego-led BFA, wasted no time in giving feedback to key stakeholders. In no time, the mission was completed and a report compiled for the world governing body.

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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

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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.

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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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