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Platinum Stars banish Dambe

Goalkeeper now without a club

South African based outfit Platinum Stars have reportedly slapped goal keeper Kabelo Dambe with a shock letter of dismissal this week citing ‘professional misconduct’ as his main undoing, WeekendSport has established.

Although his agent  Paul Mitchell has repeatedly downplayed such a report, highly placed sources close to the development confirmed to this publication that Stars coach Calvin Johnson and the team management were disappointed by the player ‘s misconduct and a couple of warning letters had been piling throughout the year regarding his way ward behaviour.

This notwithstanding, Platinum Stars, just before the maize cup challenge held last weekend, conducted appraisal performances of their players and it was then that they decided to part ways with him. “His sacking has got nothing to do with his field performances, it is something beyond that,” a source disclosed.

This development came as a shock to the entire Platinum Stars camp together with close allies of the keeper. He had signed a contract extension at the close of last year to keep him at the Phokeng based outfit for another 2 years. His stars have suddenly dimmed, just after he proved his mettle and briefly came out of Siyabonga Mpontshane‘s shadows to be the first choice goal keeper.

However, it would seem Mpontshane’s leaving to powerhouse Orlando Pirates was itself a bad omen to the former Township Rollers number one stopper. Having deputised Mpontshane for such long a time, it was expected that the Tutume born keeper would inscribe his name in the echelon of Platinum Stars camp, in the similar form and fashion that another Botswana export Mogakolodi Ngele did.

One his mentors, credited for developing the goal keeper, Thabo Motang could not altogether lay the blame on the player. He is of the view that whatever reason that led to his dismissal, should destroy his career, which he described as glittering. “I really do not want to talk about it, but for show the player is still young and it should not be allowed to destroy his future,” he said.

Dambe left Township Rollers under an impressive fold. He scooped all awards he was nominated for. Since moving to South Africa in 2012, he made 29 appearances for Platinum Stars. Four of the appearances were recorded during his debut season while the remaining 25 came after the departure of Siyabonga Mpontshane. He altogether played 2 566 minutes for the club and there is high hopes that he will soon find a new home. He has appeared 38 times as a substitute on the bench.

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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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