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Joels future at Amatuks in doubt

Joel Mogorosi’ s stay with South African based University of Pretoria is hanging by the thread after playing only a single pre season game with them. Information passed to WeekendSport suggests that the team will meet in a few days to decide his fate.

It is reported that Amatuks technical team together with its management have serious misgivings and doubts regarding the expertise and industrial class Mogorosi possesses. He played less than 60 minutes for Amatuks against Mamelodi Sundowns in the past weekend and it seems he has not made an impression yet.

A couple of players competing in the same position as Mogorosi are also being assessed. According to the observers, a lot is expected from the Botswana international player given the sometimes cold fact that he is a foreigner.

Informants revealed to WeeekendSport that there are a few players in the mould of Thabo Mosadi who was with the team in the past season. One other player at the team‘s disposal is said to be Thabiso Nkoane who is believed to be as capable as Mogorosi.

It is further reported that Mogorosi is not training with the team but there is a high possibility that he will travel with them as another platform to impress will arise at Mbombela stadium this weekend.

‘Juluka’ as he is affectionately known in the South African football circles was dumped by his former club Bloemfontein Celtic together with another Botswana star Mogogi Gabonamong at the close of last season.

However, Township Rollers is said to be quietly monitoring the situation and ready to jostle for his signature just before the transfer window closes. His former team mate Mogogi Gabonamong has already been announced at The Blues making him their highest paid player.

Mogorosi exited Botswana football scene after an impressive showing at Mochudi Centre Chiefs for two consecutive seasons. He was on his way to FC Platinum of Zimbabwe to reunite with former coach Rahman Gumbo, but his scintillating display against South Africa in the group stages of AFCON 2013 left coach Clinton Larsen of Celtic agape.

He soon enquired about him and Mogorosi later tied himself to a two year deal with the club.

“The team is at cross roads with him, but they are not promising to sign him, they need to up his game a little bit,” a source disclosed.

Should he fail to make it into Amatuks, Mogorosi will be the fourth player along with Gabonamong, to return home from South African based clubs, albeit prematurely. Polokwane City released veteran goal keeper Modiri Marumo after two seasons. While Kabelo Dambe had his dreams stomped on when Platinum Stars sent him packing for “outside the field issues”.  He was still contracted to the Phokeng based club.

Mogorosi has been falling down the peck even at the national team level. Coach Peter Butler used him as a substitute for the last 5 games of the national team. He is still a player with respectable status nonetheless. His name remains etched in the minds of many, along with other hordes of players who took the country to AFCON 2012 for the first time since its existence.

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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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Clubs petition Zackhem, Jagdish Shah

23rd January 2023

Some disgruntled Botswana Football League (BFL) shareholders are planning to petition the BFL board led by Gaborone United director and chief financier Nicolas Zackhem and his treasurer Jagdish Shah. Furthermore, they want to challenge the Botswana football Association (BFA) leadership over the deteriorating status of football in the country.

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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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