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BPL bleeds for autonomy

Task committee  presents case studies

A task committee appointed by the Botswana Football Association (BFA) to thoroughly scrutinise the idea of premier league autonomy is reported to have briefed the local association and expectations are that the local mother body will not pour cold water over the proposal.


WeekendSport is reliably informed that the appointed committee has nodded to the BPL’s proposal of being independent body, but the bulk of the decision lies with their overseer, BFA.


It is reported that the task committee has presented the case for ‘BPL independence’ with case studies from Kenya and South Africa premier leagues for the national executive committee to choose an appropriate model. It is however noted that the choice will ultimately come from either of the two.


Informants somewhat expressed concern over the delay by the association as the matter is lying unattended at Lekidi football centre.


Although it is clear that the premier league cannot be dependent of the association, once a model is chosen, clubs will be able to keep checks and balances on each other.


With the Kenyan model which is the preferred one by the association, the Premier League Clubs took advantage of the conflict between the Government and The FA and divorced itself totally from the FA and forming a Company called the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) owned by all the Clubs equally, as in England, with a unique structure of having only the Chairmen representing the Clubs in the Board with no deputies,  acting Chairmen, representatives for absentees and the Chairman of the Board is automatically- the Chairman of the winning team of the previous League assuming the position.


It has ensured that the clubs appoint Chairmen suitable for such honour and since the League is owned by them as share-holders, they are bound to be transparent and accountable, and individually they serve as a check on each other. Expenditures are approved by the Board whilst the Secretariat handles all administrative works. Their only form of revenue is the TV Rights sold to Super Sport for $ 500,000 in the first year, and which has now been renewed at about $ 2 million a year.


 Currently in Botswana, the league board is made of sixteen premier league chairpersons. There is also a board executive committee which the premier league chairman and his vice are part of. There is also a chief executive officer who happens to head the league secretariat.


Although the league‘s dream of standing alone from the BFA comes from afar, it is widely reported that this time around the BPL has left no stone unturned  in their efforts to convince the local mother. Insiders revealed to this publication that the Kenyan model of autonomy is likely to be adopted more so the country itself has seen its football administration reaching greater heights.

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