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BTTA to challenge BNSC over funding

The struggling Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA) President, Master Maifala says he is not happy with the annual fund they get from the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC).

In an interview with Weekendsport, the BTTA head said the money they get from the mother-body was ‘peanuts’ and is not enough to support their yearly activities. 

“Our yearly grant is very low and this makes us fail because we want resources to sustain our programme,’’ Maifala said. The annual grant for the association is P250, 000, and he contends that the money is exhausted before the 12 months lapse, a thing he says contributes to them not succeeding in their endeavors.

As it stands, the BTTA has only three sponsored tournaments while the rest ride on registration fees, for administrative costs and to reward winners. The President promised that he will table their grumble at the BNSC AGM.

“We will definitely present our cry to the BNSC and its membership at the AGM so that they know our grievances,’’ he assured. Nonetheless, the BNSC has in the past openly said that they upgrade funds awarded to association based on past performances of the said associations.

With the BNSC asking its affiliates to apply for the development fund, will the BTTA bid for that money? Maifala said they will try their luck although preference is likely to be given to the elite codes, “It is very disappointing that we must apply for the fund, and again we will be competing with codes that get a lion’s share on the budget.’’

He suggested that at least the struggling affiliates be given first preference in those regards.

However the table tennis chief said they give the BNSC 10% grant a thumb up as it will help some of their programs. “This is a noble idea because we have the Botswana Open Championship that does not have financers and we’ll channel the fund to that,’’ he said.

The grant percentage is made on the basis of the annual fund. Since association receives P250 000, their grant would be P25 000.

At the OGM, BNSC Chairperson, Solly Reikeletseng, said the money should be used for “national championships that will be well organized because we don’t want shoddy events especially for sport development’’.

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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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