Footballers Union Botswana (FUB) President, Onalethata Tshekiso, says his organization will not endorse any candidate for the Botswana Football Association National Executive Committee since they have no voting power.
They will, instead welcome those elected into office albeit their wish is to have people who have players’ welfare at heart.
This is despite the fact that other organizations such as Women in Sport Botswana (WASBO) have made it clear that they are publicly endorsing more women candidates to be voted into office and those who have women football issues at heart.
As for FUB, who are tasked with advocating for players’ welfare more especially during these trying COVID-19 times, the underlying expectation was that the Union will also be one of the key players in assessing the manifesto of the different camps vying for BFA NEC positions.
“First of all FUB is just an associate member of the BFA with no voting power and no influence whatsoever on whoever is voting. I really find it very absurd that people even think there is some kind of support or endorsement from the union! FUB works with whoever is in office,” said the out-spoken Tshekiso, who is the also former Township Rollers and Mochudi Centre Chiefs striker.
Local football analyst, Serefete Keagakwa, is of a different view. He argues that FUB should play its role by giving their views on who they believe have players’ welfare at heart. “I just think they are being diplomatic to avoid situations where they endorse someone and having someone different winning, so I guess they are just being careful.
But I think they should also have a say whether through engaging the different camps on their position about players welfare and also bring in their suggestions well on time,” Keagakwa argued.Tshekiso further revealed that FUB have no rules or regulations prohibiting their members from expressing their views on social media concerning BFA elections and indicates that clubs should be responsible to control their players and come up with control mechanisms to have policies on which players can and cannot post on social media.
This is because clubs have contracts with players and that is where their bread is buttered. “When you say ‘allow’, it means we have powers to order our members on what they should do or not, you forget that they are employed by clubs. That’s where they have contracts, not necessarily with the union.’’
Tshekiso further went on to add; “We can give guidance and advices where necessary, so yes, we know some players do that but we are not in a position to stop them, if their clubs are not doing anything about it, it shows they are okay with it.’’
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.