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BPL teams fail to register young players

As the league finally commences, some teams have been caught in a web of ignorance as they have disregarded laid down procedures. Weekend Sport can reveal that some Botswana Premier League (BPL) teams have failed to adhere to local play rules and regulations in registrations of young players.

Acting Chief Executive officer (CEO) of the BPL confirmed on Wednesday when addressing sports journalists that while this time around premier league teams have properly observed the required quota of player registration, they surprisingly failed to register 5 young players.

“Yes it is very true that teams have observed the required quota, some registering 25 while other slightly below 25, but it is surprising that younger players are not appearing,” he said.

According to article 2.3 of Botswana Football Association (BFA)’s play rules and regulations, a club should be allowed to register up to 25 players at any given time for its main team. Clubs required to maintain junior teams shall be allowed to register up to 25 players under the respective age category over and above those registered with the main team. Should a club wish to use a  player registered with any of its junior teams in its main team, the club shall  first register the player as a member of its main team provided such registration observes the quota of 30 players.’’

It has come to light that BPL teams are not interested in fielding young players let alone run their junior teams. This proves to be the case following the realisation that the clubs have registered 25 (or minus) for the whole season.

Only Lobatse based club, Extension Gunners have registered one player under the age of 17.  The player is said to be the son of former Zebras stalwart midfielder Peter Mabile.

However, teams continue to shift blame to other external factors. They say coaches are always under pressure to perform and it is why they retain little faith in young players. This does not sit well with the league committee that should ensure, according to its mandate that clubs properly comply with laws of registration. This is a compulsory move that has been agreed on by the world governing body FIFA through a requisite exercise called “club licensing”.

Early this year, the BPL in conjunction with BFA agreed to set up a youth league this season as a way of satisfying FIFA demands.

According to reports, that was the first step by the mother body to help the teams to comply with the regulations of club licensing. The teams were to be asked to field under 19 players and run the system concurrently with the senior squad.

Club licensing is the blue print incorporated by FIFA to force football teams to professionalize themselves. It includes-inter alia- that teams should wear regalia with printed names and owning of operational offices by teams.

Sources say the technical department of the Association is expected to consult premier league teams in the foreseeable future and further brainstorm on the modalities to be adopted by the league structures.

It is believed that brighter days are lying ahead as the Association bleeds for transformation. The world football governing body, (FIFA) has already shared a table with the technical arm of the BFA in crafting a master plan for the years 2014-2017.

Such a move will see a lot of transformation taking place within the troubled BFA. The technical arm will now be given enough time to apply itself in matters concerning players and team development. As things stand, it is said, the Association is working around the clock to finalize the working curriculum. “We are happy that our structures within the association are now given liberty to function and we are now going to see synchronized activities with a lot of accountability,’’ said one member from the Association’s National Executive Committee(NEC).

After dealing with the curriculum, coaches’ operations manuals are to be crafted to guide them (coaches) along the way. The under 19 coaches, it is said, will be accredited and all are expected to have at least a B license coaching certificate.

However, there is a concern that time is already becoming the leagues’ worst enemy.

The youth league structures were expected to create a path for players to the senior teams. Each club was compelled to register a youth league team and the competition itself is expected to be given the seriousness it deserves. The Association is expected to source long term sponsorship for it to bear the desired fruits.

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