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Coaches sign MoA with BFA

Botswana Football Coaches Association (BFCA), a newly established body, is rubbing its hands in glee after signing a Memorandum of Agreement with the Botswana Football Association (BFA) after many months of failed attempts.

The move effectively means that the coaches body gets the needed recognition under BFA structures where smooth operations of coaching courses among other things will be carried out.

It was agreed that BFCA will start building a data base for its coaches and provide details to the association about the status and grade of mentors in the whole country.

The public pursuit of recognition by local coaches comes afar as one of the founding members of the association Chico Nare said; It is what the country and football need.

The recognition will therefore iron out long standing differences between the coaches and BFA. It is agreed that BFA will facilitate a FIFA connect program where coaches are registered and graded in the international stage.

Currently, there are only 62 coaches registered by BFA but the coaches association has about 524 members. It is therefore the mandate of the coaches association to call and compel others to comply with the said grading system.

Moreover, it was agreed that the burning issues of coaches who are still waiting for certificate be dealt with. The coaches association demonstrated concern that it is not befitting and healthy for some coaches to lead their respective clubs while on waiver.

It comes out that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has rejected the last coaching program that was facilitated under the then BFA Technical Director, Serame Letswaka. This coaching course was conducted in 2017.

The development spells doom for coaches such Pontso Moloi who are supposed to return to the class again to complete coaching B classes.But before they can enrol, the coaches association warns that they must first register with them for preliminary recognition. With that point in mind, a time limit was set to guide coaches on the period they should take in between courses.

The coaches association is also given a task to complete concerning the qualification of goalkeeper coaches. It comes out that lines are still blurry concerning the kind of qualification they hold. It is not yet clear whether their training is equivalent to B or C qualification.

The two bodies mend broken affairs at a time when football is at crossroads. The coaches association is ecstatic that BFA has given them an ear and vowed to extend support even to the Senior National Team Coach, Adel Amrouche.

They are happy that the coachs network is profound that it gives senior national team player a platform to play outside the country.

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With many being of the view that the state of football in Botswana has deteriorated significantly as it is no longer appealing to the business community, this was a good week for the football community. The Botswana Football Association (BFA) leadership under the stewardship of MacLean Letshwiti secured sponsorship for a combined value of P19. 3 million for the FA Cup competition and the First Division league – both South and North.

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P80 million windfall for BFA

9th January 2023

Botswana Football Association (BFA) is poised to benefit from FIFA’s forward development programme. The Association will receive over P80 million to be used during the course of the next four years, as the world football governing body is strengthens its commitment to building a stronger foundation and the growth of football.

The Forward 3.0 funds – to be accessed by all 54 CAF members for the next four years have seen an increase of USD 2 million compared to Forward 2.0 cycle and Forward 1.0 cycle when the programme was launched.

According to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, the third cycle of the programme will be launched this month and it will dedicate more financial resources than before to developing football nations as there is an overall increase of approximately 30% compared to Forward 2.0.

“It is vital that we are now strengthening our commitment to building a stronger foundation for the growth of football,” Infantino noted.

The 62 page report by FIFA-Forward-Development-Programme-Forward-3-0-regulations also reveals that for travel and equipment, each member association, subject to compliance with the regulations, will receive an additional USD 1 million to cover the cost of travel and accommodation for their national teams. It further states that the remaining funds may be used to cover the cost of travel and accommodation for domestic competitions organized by the member associations.

“A contribution of up to USD 200,000 for the four-year cycle (2023-2026) to cover the cost of any football equipment related to the training of players and organization of matches (e.g. full kits for the national teams, balls, mini goals, bibs, substitution boards and referees’ communication systems) for those member associations that are identified as needing the most assistance,” the report indicated.

FIFA President, Infantino and his team said the member association is identified as needing the most assistance, for the purpose of the contributions, where their annual revenues (excluding Forward Programme funds as well as funds from any other FIFA programme/ initiative) do not exceed USD 4 million as the figure shall be reflected in the latest annual statutory audit report submitted to the FIFA general secretariat within six months after the closing of the relevant financial year.

Nevertheless, the contributions for travel will be released in four equal installments of USD 250,000 each in January every year, whilst those for equipment will be released in four equal installments of USD 50,000 each in January every year provided that the member association has fulfilled the conditions.

For the specific projects – in the case of Botswana and Namibia – there is an ambition to host the AFCON 2027 and if the joint bid succeed, the two nations will need to build new stadium to meet the requirements of CAF as the Bid technical committee has alluded before; therefore the two associations could make an appeal for extra funds to FIFA.

The report further says where a member association uses funds allocated for specific projects to improve or build new football infrastructure for its direct benefit or for the benefit of another entity (e.g. regional associations or clubs), the member association shall also provide, as part of the supporting documents, the FIFA general secretariat with the relevant national land registry certificate or extract confirming that the member association or the other entity is the owner of the land or the agreements confirming the donation, transfer or other form of provision to, or use of land by the association.

When contacted for comment, local sports analyst, Jimmy George said; “Ours is more a lack of vision, than money to finance programs. Regrettably when you lack vision not even USD 8 million can bail you out. Its pity the funds might be used to pay for the past projects that have yielded very little success.”

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