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BFA battles to house Footballers’ union

Footballers’-union PRO, Kgosana-Masaseng
 

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) is paining to accept Footballers’ Union within its newly crafted constitution and the confusion has hit the roof of world governing football body, FIFA.  

The latest instruction, however, notes that the scandal-hit global football organisation has made it known that the footballers’ union should be part and parcel of the drafted constitution.

WeekendSport gathers that after months of rebuffing the local football regarding the constitution, FIFA had to intervene to keep football union – an independent body recognised the worldwide – within the confines of the constitution. It is noted that FIFA has given Tebogo Sebego‘s led association a time frame to adopt the new constitution to be in line with that of the world body. The struggle to work with FIFA over the issue of the constitution flexed with a time when the two parties were at odds over the other regarding the burning issue of Constituency tournaments.

When approached for clarity, the ever confident Sebego did not want to believe that there had been a dog fight between them and the FIFA specifically about the issue of footballers’ union.

Sebego pointed out that part of the reason it is taking long to resolve the constitutional issue was because of meetings with footballers’ union.

“I do not want to believe that there has been any confusion on this case; we never wanted to close them behind, we just sought advice from various quarters to see how best we can accommodate them, some of the issues are meant to create unnecessary tension,” he said.

It has emerged however that the process of ratifying the constitution is likely to drag on for some time as FIFA is in communication with other associations regarding the same matter.  The Botswana football body, according to reliable sources, has resubmitted the constitution to FIFA for further consideration and are now awaiting feedback.

The association is then expected to brief its regions regarding the changes probably before the congress slated for July next year. The current BFA constitution came into effect in early 2002 following the association’s split as a caucus group emerged with the name of Botswana Soccer Association (BOSA). It is noted that many members of the association who make ‘Friends of Football’ are the master-minds of this constitution.

However, one member from footballers’ union, who preferred anonymity, gave a short account of the situation saying, “There was never confusion, and FIFA was very clear from the onset that we should be included in BFA statutes but BFA did not want, so they were instructed by FIFA and when they realised that we knew, it is then that they called us for a meeting to discuss the way forward,” he said.

Footballers’ Union was formed with the sole responsibility of becoming a voice of local players in many areas that include skills of negotiating a contract. The union has over the years played a pivotal role in ensuring that players’ rights are not infringed upon particularly when teams decide to part ways with them.

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