A fierce fight is looming between Mascom top 8 champions, Gaborone United, and last season’s beMOBILE premier league runners’ up, Orapa United. The two clubs both claim the signature of marksman, Hendrick Moyo, a prolific goalscorer who has on the Orapa United books for the past two seasons.
According to new information the pint size striker signed a two year deal with Gaborone United after he signed a renewal contract with Orapa United on 17 May 2015. The player has been playing for Orapa United for the past two seasons. According to reports, Moyo had already signed a two year deal with the Orapa outfit.
It would seem that the former Extension Gunners marksman was not aware that he was treading in dangerous waters when he agreed to negotiate with both teams at the same time. However, Football Union Botswana in particular is expected to have their hands full in trying to calm the waters, given the looming storm between the two clubs.
Gaborone United are adamant that they have followed the right procedures in securing the services of the player, ranked number two in the past premier league scoring charts. While the Money Machine has boldly maintained that Moyo is their new recruit, there are hurdles to overcome as Orapa United is also tightening their grip on him. “We do not know how GU would claim that Hendrick is their player, we have proof of necessary papers that we agreed to new terms with him,” said an official at the Orapa based team.
However, Orapa United professed being in the dark regarding GU’s talks with Moyo. Further investigations are expected to be instituted and GU could be found to be on the wrong side of the rules.
According to Article 22 of BFA play rules and regulations, the transfer of players should be done in a transparent manner where both clubs have equal knowledge and consent regarding the movement of the player. The article further encourages a recruiting team to communicate to the other team via a formal writing.
It reads, “In the case of an amateur player, inform the club with whom the player is registered, in writing with proof of delivery, of the intention to talk to the player;
An impasse has developed and many are castigating the player for his motives which are hell bent in swindling money of signing on fees. The player altogether refused to talk and repeatedly cut the calls from this publication.
It is indicated that the Mascom top 8 champions are fretting the future as they have already released one of their strikers in Tebogo Sembowa to accommodate Moyo.
The player who rose from the shadows after encountering a bad spell at Extension Gunners scored 14 times in the ended season to earn himself a national cap under head coach Peter Butler.
Orapa United who are proud to have rehabilitated the player are pursuing all possible options of engaging the player and let him realise the danger of tying himself to two clubs. He faces a long season in the sidelines unless an agreement can be reached before the commencement of the new season. Either way, the wrath of the law is threatening to swallow up the talented striker for signing two contracts with two different clubs.
The Orapa based team is however preparing for the worst case scenario should Moyo slip from their grip. They are reported to be cajoling former Township Rollers star player Manqoba ‘Shakes’ Ngwenya as Madinda Ndlovu is beginning full assessment of the squad.
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.
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.
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.”