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Consultant sues BFA

Asinamona Investments (PTY) Ltd, a consultancy company based in South Africa has dragged Botswana Football Association (BFA) to the High Court of Botswana seeking payments for costs of engagement for having negotiated a sponsorship deal on behalf of the association sometimes last year.

The South African consultancy company had charged P 420 000 as an engagement fee when the BFA past regime led by Tebogo Sebego contacted them for representation when negotiating with Debswana for the national First Division sponsorship. The first Division is a lower tier that feeds the elite league.

At first, the local football body took the matter lightly but after Asinamona Investments took serious steps, the BFA flipped and panicked. Information from the association is that they are at pains to compile documentation for defence because there are no records in its files to correspond with the demands. This is due to the fact that the regime that brought the company on board has since lost elections at the BFA general assembly last year.

Once more, the association says it is contacting former President Tebogo Sebego to provide light on what might have transpired with the matter. The managing Director of the company Lefore J. Lerefolo has stated in court papers that his company had entered into agreement with BFA on or around February 15th 2016.  “Asinamona (PTY) Ltd agreed to render services to the defendant at the special request of the defendant,” reads part of the court papers.

As per the agreement, Asinamona negotiated and concluded a sponsorship deal whose total value was P 6 million with Debswana. The agreement between the two parties was that the consultancy company will be entitled to a total of payment of 7% of the total sponsorship value, namely the sum of P420 000. In August 2016, Asinamona says they submitted an invoice to BFA for claim.

In addition, court papers state that the consultancy company incurred travelling costs that amount to R 104, 490.22, and as per the agreement, the association has to foot the bill.  Asinamona also demands interest rates charged 10% per annum from the date of the default to the date of payment. The South African company has engaged Garebamono and Pillar Law practice as their attorneys.

Meanwhile BFA is accused of neglecting these payments whilst caught up in infightings. Why the company was first involved is a question BFA fails to answer particularly that the sponsorship deal has not been improved from the previous one. BFA claims that the past president did not engage his national executive committee when consulting with Asinamona.

Efforts to solicit comment from BFA second Vice President, Marshlow Motlogelwa did not bear fruit as he said he could not comment on matters already before jurisdiction. Motlogelwa formed part of Sebego‘s Executive Committee last year, and is the only surviving member who won the seat with Mac Lean Letshwiti’s regime.

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Big Guns for Botswana Grand Prix

20th March 2023

The National Stadium will be lit up with fireworks on April 29, 2023, as some of the best international athletes will participate in the maiden Botswana Grand prix.

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AFRICA’S RECOVERY: Sports as game changer

13th March 2023

The year 2022 witnessed unprecedented phenomena. Several Africans- Gotytom Gebreslase, Sharon Lokedi, Victor Kiplangat, Tamarit Tola and many others- swept the World’s marathons records.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting control measures implemented in several countries, led to many high-level sports competitions being cancelled or shelved, the Dakar 2022 Youth Olympic Games was moved to 2026.

Founder and Executive Chairman, African Sports and Creative Institute, Will Mabiakop, says the inability to hold traditional and amateur sports events have had a serious effect on public health overall, including mental health, sparking a revolution whereby athletes began to talk more openly about stress, mental overload and performance anxiety.

“Africa is home to the fastest growing economies before the crisis, no longer on track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). COVID-19 deepened interdependence between SDGs, making them harder to achieve, especially SDG 10 (reducing inequality) and SDG 5 (gender equality_ as the pandemic had a disproportionate impact on poorer countries, and heavier burdens (such as care work) fell to women.”

Mabiakop stresses that as policymakers contemplate actions to speed up recovery and build resilience, they must argue that sports and creative businesses should play a central feature in this effort.

“The sports economy worldwide is estimated at 5% of GDP, but only 0.5% in Africa. If exploited, Africa’s sports and creative industries can offer policymakers innovative solutions. Especially, as regards job creation, and providing employment to the 15 million people entering the job market annually.”


By leveraging the two-for-one concept: past studies shown that a 1% growth in the economy delivers a 2% job increment in this sector (these ratios are calculated using data from 48 African countries and adjusted to the reality of the sports economy in Africa by the authors). There are between 30 and 50 job types, in sports and creative industries, respectively. These jobs do not fade away with the first major shock.

Mabiakop indicated that policymakers can use these industries to tackle multiple crises- jobs, poverty, and climate risks. Sports diplomacy- defined as communication, representation and negotiation in or through the prism of sports- has proven effective in building inclusive and cohesive societies. Moreover, sports and the creative industry can support better mental health and well-being, both important for productivity.

“Policymakers can also be true to the game by leveraging culture and tradition to celebrate identity and reap commercial value in sports, textiles and jewelry. Creative sectors allow deeper connection with culture, are not easily copied and provide great economic potential.”

He said supporting grassroots sports has powerful distributional effects. “Fortunately, technology has made reaching wide audiences easier, generating higher rates of success when talent is discovered.”

However, Mabiakop held that potential pitfalls must be highlighted. “First avoid build it and they will come policies with infrastructures denuded from the rest of the ecosystem. Like the many sports stadiums left largely unused.”

“Policymakers must remain mindful of how these sectors move the needle in human capital development. Also, align the requisite public policies needed for progress from grassroots participation to professional sports, and even to international sporting events. They should also support investment instruments to render these sectors performant.”

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BFA to pay Taylor P330 000

7th March 2023

Botswana Football Association (BFA) has been ordered to pay its former Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone Taylor over P330 000 as a compensation for her unfair dismissal last year February.

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