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Botswana football model explained

The wheels are in motion to professionalise Botswana football. At the turn of last week, the Botswana Premier League (BPL) reached a new milestone as they registered an entity whose mandate is to commercialise the domestic game without external influence.

Guided by FIFA— the world football governing body— the premier league engaged and perused different world wide football leagues models and reached a consensus to adopt an exemplary structure done by South African football and to a certain extent, England’s game.

For purposes of sponsorship negotiations, WeekendSport gathered that the elite league will be called Botswana Premiership having attained a certificate of incorporation with the company known as Botswana Football League (PTY) Ltd.The company will be owned by its 16 clubs where each team has one vote.

The company will stand as a separate entity with Botswana Football Association (BFA) holding a minor share. However, sources say the BFA share issue is still subject of discussion. There is another thought that the league company will be allowed to pay a certain levy to the association.

However, the association will not have a say on the commercial operations of the league. The league entity itself is the one responsible for the decisions regarding the commercial side of the game especially on sponsorship negotiations, television rights issue together with parachute payment for relegated clubs of the BPL in any given season.

Furthermore, the league is at liberty to enforce club licensing laws and also distributing revenues arising from collective deals.The premier league company is expected to appoint at least five directors from the 16 chairpersons. The directors in turn, will work with a board whose composition does not include members of the clubs of the elite league.

At the end of every season, it is expected that relegated clubs transfer their shares to newly promoted clubs. However, the Botswana football league model does not include clubs from First division yet, but the movers of this document content that the clubs from the lower stream will be catered to as the coordination is expanded.

Clubs, in this regard, are expected to turn into professional outfit and not operating as societies.The league acting Chief Executive Officer, Monnakgotla Mojaki is adamant that the process will bring about immediate results if there is cooperation from the football community.

“All these are first steps towards the realisation of football professionalism. Many countries started like this and it can become reality if we all show commitment and cooperation,” he said.As the process is in its infant stages, Jagdish Shah of Township Rollers has been given the mandate to run the project until it matures.

He is expected to work with Nikholas Zakhem of Gaborone United, Kelesitse Gilika of Gilport Lions together with Anthony Mokento of Prisons XI.Those who give this move a massive backing are adamant that it is a matter of time before the dreams turn into reality.

In Africa, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Kenya, South Africa and Senegal adopted an almost similar model to improve club performance and participation.

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Big Guns for Botswana Grand Prix

20th March 2023

The National Stadium will be lit up with fireworks on April 29, 2023, as some of the best international athletes will participate in the maiden Botswana Grand prix.

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AFRICA’S RECOVERY: Sports as game changer

13th March 2023

The year 2022 witnessed unprecedented phenomena. Several Africans- Gotytom Gebreslase, Sharon Lokedi, Victor Kiplangat, Tamarit Tola and many others- swept the World’s marathons records.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting control measures implemented in several countries, led to many high-level sports competitions being cancelled or shelved, the Dakar 2022 Youth Olympic Games was moved to 2026.

Founder and Executive Chairman, African Sports and Creative Institute, Will Mabiakop, says the inability to hold traditional and amateur sports events have had a serious effect on public health overall, including mental health, sparking a revolution whereby athletes began to talk more openly about stress, mental overload and performance anxiety.

“Africa is home to the fastest growing economies before the crisis, no longer on track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). COVID-19 deepened interdependence between SDGs, making them harder to achieve, especially SDG 10 (reducing inequality) and SDG 5 (gender equality_ as the pandemic had a disproportionate impact on poorer countries, and heavier burdens (such as care work) fell to women.”

Mabiakop stresses that as policymakers contemplate actions to speed up recovery and build resilience, they must argue that sports and creative businesses should play a central feature in this effort.

“The sports economy worldwide is estimated at 5% of GDP, but only 0.5% in Africa. If exploited, Africa’s sports and creative industries can offer policymakers innovative solutions. Especially, as regards job creation, and providing employment to the 15 million people entering the job market annually.”


By leveraging the two-for-one concept: past studies shown that a 1% growth in the economy delivers a 2% job increment in this sector (these ratios are calculated using data from 48 African countries and adjusted to the reality of the sports economy in Africa by the authors). There are between 30 and 50 job types, in sports and creative industries, respectively. These jobs do not fade away with the first major shock.

Mabiakop indicated that policymakers can use these industries to tackle multiple crises- jobs, poverty, and climate risks. Sports diplomacy- defined as communication, representation and negotiation in or through the prism of sports- has proven effective in building inclusive and cohesive societies. Moreover, sports and the creative industry can support better mental health and well-being, both important for productivity.

“Policymakers can also be true to the game by leveraging culture and tradition to celebrate identity and reap commercial value in sports, textiles and jewelry. Creative sectors allow deeper connection with culture, are not easily copied and provide great economic potential.”

He said supporting grassroots sports has powerful distributional effects. “Fortunately, technology has made reaching wide audiences easier, generating higher rates of success when talent is discovered.”

However, Mabiakop held that potential pitfalls must be highlighted. “First avoid build it and they will come policies with infrastructures denuded from the rest of the ecosystem. Like the many sports stadiums left largely unused.”

“Policymakers must remain mindful of how these sectors move the needle in human capital development. Also, align the requisite public policies needed for progress from grassroots participation to professional sports, and even to international sporting events. They should also support investment instruments to render these sectors performant.”

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BFA to pay Taylor P330 000

7th March 2023

Botswana Football Association (BFA) has been ordered to pay its former Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone Taylor over P330 000 as a compensation for her unfair dismissal last year February.

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