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BNSC explains BAA CEO delay

CEO of the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) Falcon Sedimo, has called for patience as he has revealed that it will take more time before the restructuring process at the athletics offices takes off.

“The structure was supposed to be tied with certain mechanisms in place including the budget, but remember that it was revealed midyear while it had not been budgeted for.

Therefore we had to follow the right process and involve all the strategic partners to make sure that the funds are there,” Sedimo said.

The structure that is expected to be led by the CEO who will be flanked by supporting personnel like the technical head will come with a price, BAA has in the past confirmed that they will need P5 million to run the secretariat. However BNSC is aware of that and is contemplating two options, to either start with key positions while the structure will be wholly be assembled as the financial years goes by.

“Life is all about prioritisation, if funds are not enough we will have to prioritize,” he said.

Again the un-accommodative BAA constitution is said to have halted the progress as it had to be amended. The constitution according to those in the know didn’t recognise other positions including that of the CEO and others that will come with the restructuring process and it had to be sent to the registrar of society for amendment.

“Their constitution was to include these posts and it had to be amended, so while there isn’t any delay I don’t want it to be resident only on our part because they also had their own shortcomings in fast tracking the whole structure,” the former director of sports & recreation, Sedimo said.

Meanwhile the BAA media liaison has confirmed that the constitution is still a work in progress. “We have tasked our Secretary to look at it but we are yet to finalise it and that is why I say it’s still a work in progress.”

So far the structure has been drafted by the consultants and after being carefully considered it still has to given the thumb up by the mother body, who are only waiting for the funds. “If by the grace of God we manage to get the required funds before this financial year next month or soon thereafter we will implement this structure,” he asserted.  This means should the BNSC fail to secure funds and the constitution amendment continues to be delayed the status quo will remain the same.

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Mason Greenwood attempted rape charges dropped

2nd February 2023

Charges of attempted rape and assault have been dropped against Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood who was arrested in January 2022 after the allegations emerged.

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.

2nd February 2023

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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Finally, sponsors jerk BFA

30th January 2023

With many being of the view that the state of football in Botswana has deteriorated significantly as it is no longer appealing to the business community, this was a good week for the football community. The Botswana Football Association (BFA) leadership under the stewardship of MacLean Letshwiti secured sponsorship for a combined value of P19. 3 million for the FA Cup competition and the First Division league – both South and North.

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