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BNSC resolution could backfire


The  Botswana National Sports Council’s (BNSC) 2012 resolution that they will no longer bankroll clubs competing in the regional and continental games, is likely to boomerang  as teams participation in the championships are in jeopardy due to lack of finances.


The council’s vision preaches mass participation by the local clubs in the international arena, but they are reneging on the pledge by throwing spanners in the works for clubs.


Their long-term plan in their Vision 2028 encourages local teams to compete in international competitions to gain experience so that they deliver five medals in the 2028 Olympic Games. But failure by the mother-body to finance the team’s means that club participation in those games may dwindle, which at the end will render their long-term plan a pipedream.


 Since the sport council resolution local teams have been performing dismally in the continental games, due to financial difficulties. Extension Gunners, Mochudi Center Chiefs and Gaborone United (GU) failed to go past the preliminary rounds as they could not afford.  


In the past, BNSC assisted teams with finances but things took nasty route when Gunners was supposed to take part in Confederations Cup in 2012 after winning the Coca Cola Cup the previous year. By virtue of being the BFA Cup champions, Gunners had to represent the country in the Confederations Cup but their mission nearly flopped, thanks to business moguls who came to their rescue.


The same fate repeated itself this year when Chiefs and GU were crying that lack of financial assistance from the mother body had disadvantaged them, but fortunately they were able to secure finances for the task at hand.


This time round the volleyball giants Kutlwano and Diphatsa are expected to represent the country at the Zone V1 Championships slated for Maputo, Mozambique, next month (December). But the teams are facing uncertainty whether they will compete in the regional games because of financial doldrums.


During the Capital Motors Cup sponsorship launch in September, the Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF) President Daniel Molaodi encouraged winning teams to use the prize money sparingly to cater for the tournament.


The prize money for the tournament is P20, 000 is far too little if you are preparing for the games of that magnitude as they budget for logistics like transport and accommodation which normally comes at a hefty price especially in countries like Mozambique.


 However, the BNSC acting CEO said in a brief interview that they made the resolution because of financial difficulties, as they wanted to reduce spending.


Speaking to Weekendsport Nlebesi Mphapho from Diphatsa Volleyball Club, said it is tough to secure the finances for the championships. But he said they would use the money available from the reserves so that they can go to Maputo but wouldn’t hide the fact that the cash snub by the sport council has affected them.


 ‘’It is indisputable the status quo has affected us because the money we are going to use we could be using in the next season.’’ Diphatsa have been abandoned by their partners BDF and they are now a community club, which makes their financial situation quite precarious though they are determined to come home with silverware from Maputo, if they can make it.


Their partners Kutlwano could be facing the same thing, but they are lucky as they have partnership with Dynamic Insurance Brokers who can bail them out in this tumultuous time. But a hint coming out of the club suggested that they are still weighing options on whether to compete at Zone VI but still the hurdle is finances.


 Efforts to get an official update from the club management were fruitless as the cub chairman’s mobile phone rang unanswered.


In the past the local volleyball teams have been dominating the Zone V1, so it will be closely watched to see how they will fare this time round during this time of trials and tribulations to see whether their monotony will repeat itself.


The corporate world is encouraged to assist clubs and athletes so that they represent the country with dignity.

 

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