BFA proposes a 30-year stadium lease to F/town
Botswana Football Association (BFA) has proposed a takeover bid of the dilapidated and below standard Francistown stadium to the country’s second largest city in order to turn it into a world class sports facility.
Situated at Area S location here in Francistown, the stadium has been hosting premiership and First Division North League matches. However, it has no capacity to host international matches since it lacks some of the required facilities.
For many years, the City of Francistown has failed to upgrade sports facility. And due to lack of internationally acclaimed sports facilities in the country’s second largest city as well as the better northern part of the country, BFA has decided to lease the facility for 30 years.
In a draft memorandum of lease agreement with which the BFA envisages to enter into between the association and the City of Francistown, the Tebogo Sebego headed organization has proposed to upgrade the facility and pay a monthly rental of P2 500 to the council.
According to the proposal, the BFA has proposed to pay the monthly rental of P2 500 in advance and without any deduction, bank charges or commission whatsoever on or before the first business day of each and every succeeding month.
“The rental payable by the lessee to the lessor shall be the rental as escalated by 10 percent per annum on each anniversary of the commencement date,” reads part of the proposal document leaked to the WeekendPost Sport.
Furthermore, the BFA proposed that the lessee shall pay to the lessor interest at the rate of two percent per month on all overdue rentals or other legally demandable charges which interest shall be calculated as from the due date of such payments to the date of actual payment.
In addition to the monthly rentals, BFA has also proposed to take responsibility of electricity and water supplied to the leased premises, telephone connections and related expenses, sewerage charges relating to the leased premises and refuse collection.
To achieve all this, the BFA is looking forward to utilizing the Goal Project III funding from the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA). With Goal Projects one and two having benefited the southern part of the country through the construction of Lekidi village, the association is looking at spreading football developments across the country.
Early last year, BFA applied for Goal Project III funding and the funds will only be released when the world football governing body has assessed and gets satisfied that the project is in line with FIFA’s obligation in developing the world’s most beautiful game.
Both BFA and FCC confirmed that the two organization are working on a modality of transforming the Francistown stadium into an internationally recognized sport facility but could not be drawn into discussing much.
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