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Rollers lose BWP P400 000

Botswana Premier League(BPL) giants, Township Rollers are set to lose a total of P 400 000 for their Confederation of African Football(CAF) game against  Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club, KCCA FC, that was produced and televised by Super-Sport yesterday.

CAF, the African football governing body is anticipated to deduct the said amount from the Botswana team and pay Supersport for production costs, WeekendSport has learnt. It is indicated that CAF, whose broadcast rights are with a France based television station known as LAGAD, has been told that Botswana’s local television station fell short of meeting the needed requirements.

It is said CAF, among other necessities needs a local station to broadcast the game on High Definition (HD) with a ratio of 16;9. Upon hearing about the said incapability of the state-owned television, CAF as per the laid down procedures informed Super-Sport channel to produce and broadcast the game. However, BFA complained to CAF that Btv has since shown bravery to produce the game as it ticks all the right boxes of the requirements. BFA said Rollers cannot incur such costs to Supersport while the local TV station is equally competent to air the game.

“We have told CAF that our local station can equally produce and beam the game, it will be unfair for our team to lose such an amount largely because of discrepancies in communications when negotiations were done,” a source shared with this publication. It is not clear on the amount Supersport is to pay Rollers after broadcasting the game, but what is now known is the amount Rollers is set to lose should Supersport continue to produce its games.

Sources however sense a conspiracy carefully laID down to have Supersport beaming Rollers CAF tie at the expense of Btv. However Township Rollers are expected to remain focused on their last three games to at least rake more money through gate takings. Already the team was given P5 million for qualifying to the group stages.

Rollers say they are not under pressure to lose any money. In fact they know all too well that they have the muscle to attract large numbers at the stadium. The team once recorded P1.2 million from gate takings in their game against South African giants Kaizer Chiefs.
All the while, CAF says it has started raising billions from the TV rights.  So far 20% of all CAF’s income that is raised directly goes to national associations. In addition, CAF has been providing prize money of $1.5 million for the winning team. This prize money will grow to $2.5 million in the coming 4 years.

“Our long term objective is to keep players within the continent. We need to provide the necessary financing though we can’t provide everything. We need to empower the clubs in different countries. For this CAF has doubled the number of teams that will play at group stage. Originally it was two competitions with eight teams and now it is two competitions with 16 teams.

 

The minimum amount a club gets even if it is last is half a million dollars,” said Suketu Patel, First Vice President of CAF. He further noted that CAF’s award to national league winner team has also been recently decided to increase to $1.5 million from half million dollars.

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