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Sankoyo, Vasco clash over Omaatla

Sankoyo Bush Bucks robust striker, Omaatla Kebatho’s move to South African based outfit Vasco Da Gama is in jeopardy because of disagreements between the two clubs over the player’s worth.

The Maun club is not willing to release the player free of charge because it believes it has contributed to his development.

Contrary to popular belief that the Zebras player has signed a two year deal with the South African club, the player is understood to be under legal obligation to Sankoyo Bush Bucks. Currently he is only training with Vasco to keep his fitness in check.

WeekendSport can safely reveal that the Botswana Football Association (BFA) had a meeting with ‘Ngurungu’ sometime last week to deliberate on Omaatla’s situation.

The association swiftly asked the Cape Town based outfit on Thursday to engage Sankoyo if they are serious about signing the player. BFA representatives insisted that they will not release the player’s international clearance certificate until Sankoyo gives the green light.

This publication is in possession of communication between the football association and Vasco regarding the player’s situation.

“We had a meeting today with Sankoyo Bush Bucks officials. In the meeting it came out that your club has never been in contact with Sankoyo Bush Bucks to express your interest in the player. There has never been any negotiation of some kind between the two clubs other than with the intermediary. We therefore advise that you write to Sankoyo Bush Bucks to express your interest in the player and make an offer of a transfer fee,” reads part of the BFA letter to Vasco dated August 27, 2015.

However, Sankoyo who have lost a couple of key players to influential clubs with fat purses, are demanding a fee of P75 000 from the Cape Town team if they are to own the signature of the muscular striker.  

Responding to Vasco on Wednesday 26th August, Sankoyo indicated that they need to benefit from the move of the player. They effectively rejected Vasco’s proposal of signing the player almost for free. 

Vasco’s proposal came to Sankoyo’s table on the 22 of July 2015. The proposal was first penned and dealt with on the 1ST of July and it explained that the player will be enrolled for an unnamed course and all the expenses will be taken care of by Vasco.

Sankoyo are unmoved, it turns out: “We are reluctant to sign your proposed agreement, as we still stand firm by our decision that we need to benefit on the player’s move immediately.”

The club has experienced a sluggish start to the season, but is resolute that it contributed a lot to Omaatla’s football growth and development.

In terms of contract law, Sankoyo says it has a binding verbal contract with the player. “On this basis, Omaatla is still our player and we shall strictly ensure that proper agreement is entered into, if indeed you have interest in him,” Sankoyo told Vasco.

It is not yet known if Vasco will meet the transfer value of P75 000 as upfront payment. To further solidify what is turning out to be hard nose dealing, the Maun outfit seeks to benefit an amount of 15% of the whole sale value should Vasco decide to sell the player to another team.

A maximum of 10 days is given to Vasco to respond while there is fear that the transfer window might close before the matter is put to rest.

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Finally, sponsors jerk BFA

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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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P80 million windfall for BFA

9th January 2023

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.”

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