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Olopeng not to stand for re-election

First Division North League Committee Chairperson Eatametse Olopeng

Francistown: First Division North League Committee Chairperson Eatametse Olopeng has said he has no intentions of standing in for re-election for any position in the committee when his term comes to an end this year.

Olopeng said this during a meeting in Francistown that marked the beginning of the second round of the Debswana First Division League that is to commence on January 23, dismissing allegations that he is to challenge any position at Botswana Football Association (BFA).

Olopeng said though some people have approached and lured him to stand for other positions in the BFA, he has not yet reached any conclusion but rather he maintained that he needs a break from active football.

He expressed that even if he does not consider standing for a re-election, he will remain working collectively with the football fraternity.

Olopeng who has been involved in various football structures and held different positions in the process said he is confident that there are some individuals who can take over where he left off and bring in significant contributions.

He urged teams to start identifying his successor right away so they have ample time to conduct campaigns.

Olopeng advised whoever who will run the committee in the next period to refrain from factionalism but always introspect and strive for unity and cooperation among different teams.

He noted that issues of lack of cooperation and unity particularly among leaders are some contributing issues that propel factionalism.

Olopeng said it is acceptable to have different opinions, however he emphasized that leaders should not take sides when addressing such opinions.

Olopeng further said though the first round of the Division League went well, he is still concerned that the Debswana sponsorship was not well managed.

He cited that the sponsorship should have been given to the North Division Committee to administer it instead of BFA, saying teams would have benefited directly rather than being given grants.

Meanwhile Olopeng said he is hopeful that two teams from the North will be elevated to the premier league, while the other three from the North as well will relegate depending on the performance at the league.

He advised different teams to avail the necessary support to the teams to be elevated as they will be representatives of the North Division.

For his part Secretary General Rapula Gaotlhobogwe encouraged club licensing noting that failure to register is an offense which can result in players being disqualified in the CAF competitions.

He said club licensing encouraged quality football in Africa, appropriate football infrastructure and other related aspects.

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