Premier league board chairpersons have expressed divergent views as the Botswana Football Association (BFA) prepares to make a final decision about the future of domestic football leagues-one that is expected to put an end to anxiety and tension surrounding Lekidi Football Centre.
The Association has embarked on an opinion-finding mission where related football structures are required to submit their input about the future of Botswana football post corona virus pandemic.
Various football leagues were put on hold in the earlier weeks of March as the country went under curfew to begin the fight and containment of the scourge. However, as lockdown regulations were slowly loosening up, the mother body sent various communication, inviting premier teams’ structure and First Division national leagues to vote on three possible options which shall determine the way forward.
The first option is to extend the league period and complete the remaining fixtures. The second available choice is to declare the current complete with the league table as is with the effect that the team at summit will be crowned champions and the bottom teams will relegate. The last option is to declare the league null and void with no champions and no relegation.
However, it has come to the attention of this publication that out of 16 premier league clubs, only 10 have managed to beat the Wednesday deadline and submit their opinions. The remaining 6 clubs are yet to forward their saying.
It is not clear whether the teams have also aired their reasons or they were just making a choice without justifying it. Information says only Police XI wants the league to be played to the end. Notwane, Security Systems, Tafic, Molepolole City Stars and Orapa United have not submitted their choice. The other team is unknown.
Surprisingly though, Township Rollers and the rest of the teams have gone with the second option of ending the league as it is and crown the champions.
When reached for clarity, Chief Executive Officer of the Association, Mfolo Mfolo said the idea was to engage the Premier League to understand and appreciate their position. He said the deadline was on Wednesday but refused altogether to share more details on how teams voted.
“Our main objective is to find the opinion of each club or structure, the association’s National Executive Committee will make a pronouncement sooner than later,” shared Mfolo.
The domestic league, sponsored by Botswana Telecommunication Cooperation (BTC) has a minimum of 10 games left to play. If the association chooses to go with option B, it will mean Jwaneng Galaxy will be crowned champions while Tafic, Miscellaneous and Molepolole City Stars will relegate to the lower tier.
Log leaders of the national first division will be promoted. The two logs are led by Masitaoka from the south side while the north stream is led by Sowa United. Second placed teams in this first division stream will be forced to play each other to determine the winner to fill the remaining slot in the elite league.
Athletics is one of the sporting activities that for many years has been consistently performing extremely well in international competitions. One of the reasons is the availability of qualified and experienced coaches, who have been working tirelessly on the ground to ensure that they scout talent and develop more athletes.
For the first time after eons, football clubs plying their trade in the elite league are walking in the shadow of the undefined with nothing concrete agreed and on sight before the commencement of the football season.