While the curtain for 2015/16 season has yet to close owing to administration lapses that characterized the spell, preparations are already underway for the upcoming season with teams already searching for players to bolster their squads.
Notably, in this silent transfer window the rat-cat race to snatch the signature of former Township Rollers striker, Jerome “Jay-jay” Ramatlhakwana ensues. The 31 year old striker is clubless following Rollers’ decision not to renew his extension contract from DRC’s Don Bosco.
“We decided not to renew his contract simply to comply with the 25 man squad quota,” Rollers Secretary, Khumo Masonya said when responding to Weekend Sports inquiries regarding the player’s contract extension.
The experienced striker, who was pivotal for the Zebras maiden 2012 AFCON qualification after scoring five goals, reportedly has Orapa United, Gaborone United (GU) and Mochudi Centre Chiefs scrambling for his signature. The trio after monitoring Jay-Jay’s career reaching the all time low with Rollers last season is convinced that he is a man who in the right team can change their fortunes as they all aim at challenging for honours next season.
Buoyed for his eye for goal, positioning and the ability to take defenders head on, ‘The big animal’ as the striker is normally referred to, is said to be seen as Thabang Sesinyi’s partner at the ostriches’ nest next season. Having worked with Madinda Ndlovu in the past, the Zimbabwean has proven to be the admirer of the holding striker. Besides, sources say the prospects of Tumelo Madzebedi leaving Orapa United have fuelled the aggression and persistency of the ostriches poaching system to dangle an irresistible carrot before him.
As for Magosi who are reportedly on the brink of losing both Tendai Nyumasi and Lemponye Tshireletso to Orapa, they are prepared to fight with everything to acquire the services of their former marksman. Ramatlhakwana is also being considered to fill the void left by the prolific Kekaetswe Moloi who has since joined rivals Extension Gunners.
“There are lot of players that are linked with us but we can’t say anything now because we still have a playoff hurdle which we had to focus on then we can start our recruitment drive,” Clifford Mogomotsi, Chiefs Communications Manager said.
Ailing Gaborone giants GU, are also monitoring the developments with keen interest as they believe the striker could be what the doctor has ordered for them more so that they are likely to lose their Namibian striker, Benson Shilongo. The Reds are reportedly leading the chase for the striker and are applying the “never make a noise” tactic to detract their competitors, the team’s chairman, Rapula Okaile said.
However all the teams looking for the services of Ramatlhakwana will have to travel all the way to Lubumbashi in DRC to negotiate with Don Bosco as the player is still contracted to the club until next year.
On other transfer news rookies Security Systems and Gilport Lions are reportedly after Gunners defender, Mosimanegape Ntwaetsile who Mapantsola are not willing to lose anytime soon. Lovemore Morirwa who has been released by Orapa has attracted interest from Mahalapye United Hotspurs, according to sources. The ostriches are also said to have parted ways with both Madzebedi and midfielder Simon Mashaza. Lebogang Ditsile is also expected to return to Rollers next season, while Tapiwa Gadibolae and Obonye Moswate’s contracts have not been renewed and can look for any team next season.
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.
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.”
MultiChoice Botswana rewards Francistown branch Customer Service Agent an all-expense paid trip to the FIFA Qatar World Cup
With the just ended excitement of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, MultiChoice Botswana helped to make a few of their employees’ dreams come true with an all-expense paid trip to the most celebrated football event in the world. Tebogo Marks, a Customer Service Representative employed at the MultiChoice Botswana Francistown Branch, was one of the few selected to win an all-expenses paid trip to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar alongside other top performing members of the pay-TV’s direct and indirect network of employees.
Marks was selected to attend this once-in-a-lifetime event, based on the outstanding performance she displayed over the years as a Customer Service Representative, since joining the brand in 2018. Tebogo Marks’ role entails assisting potential and existing customers with understanding the products and services offered by MultiChoice, promoting and selling DStv content and hardware, solving technical problems that customers maybe experiencing and handling general customer queries and complaints.
Having to deal with an array of distinct customers at MultiChoice Botswana, Tebogo leaves no stone unturned as she ensures that she gives the best service to her clients. “I have made a choice that helping people is part of who I am. As a result I am always looking for solutions to make my customers happy. In everything I do at work, I go an extra mile to elevate the MultiChoice Botswana brand. I believe in helping the customer in a timely manner as I need to show that I value them, even if it means helping a customer at odd hours. For me it doesn’t matter because my aim is to represent my organization well, but most importantly, to give customers a memorable experience,” noted Tebogo.
Bursting in excitement and enthusiasm Tebogo Marks, recalls the highlights of being selected as the winner of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 trip courtesy of her employer, “The moment for me was surreal and I could not believe it, the selection of the competition was based on work competency and job satisfaction. Over the years, my dedication to my work, my ability to exceed customer service expectations and, most importantly, my active driving of internal activities for MultiChoice Botswana won me the trip to Qatar,” she adds. The selection of Tebogo Marks to attend the World Cup games in Qatar was also largely driven by her commitment to pushing MultiChoice Botswana’s JIKA Campaign. The JIKA Campaign, a customer-service focused campaign which looks at educating peers and external stakeholders on the business’ digital self-service options, was heavily dominated by Marks’ efforts and initiatives.
“It was a pleasure to be in Qatar, MultiChoice Botswana had made everything possible for the trip to take place. My employer went all out in making sure that we were comfortable and that we thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience during my short stay at Qatar. What was more exciting was being in the stadium and watching the live game of Ghana and Portugal. It was a heart-warming experience seeing Cristiano Ronaldo live. This was an experience I will never forget,” shared Tebogo.
“We are so sad to see the FIFA World Cup end but we are so glad that we were able to treat those that make it possible for Batswana to experience such amazing sport and entertainment on DStv daily, our employees, with the experience of seeing the games live in Qatar,” says Stephanie Pillay, MultiChoice Botswana Managing Director. “For us, our employees are truly at the core of everything we do. Without them, none of the magic we make through bringing the best in entertainment to our subscribers would be possible.”
Though the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 has ended, MultiChoice Botswana is committed to bringing more world-class sport and entertainment on DStv and Showmax this festive season and always. For more information visit www.dstv.com/en-bw or download the MyDStv App on Apple Ios and Google Play stores.