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Knives out for Rollers officials at BFA

Botswana Football Association (BFA) National Executive Committee (NEC) has reportedly resolved to suspend the duo of Motshegetsi Mafa and Sydney Magagane; the Township Rollers Team Manager and General Manager respectively, from football activities.

The duo will find out their fate once Botswana Football League (BFL) disciplinary committee completes its investigation and make its ruling on the matter.Furthermore, former BFA Competitions Manager Setete James Phuthego is believed to have been banned from football related activities.

The investigation by the secretariat has found out the trio of Phuthego, Magagane and Mafa have contravened with BFA rules and regulations when it comes to the registration of Township Rollers left back, Onkarabile Ratanang.According to BFA NEC, Ratanang was registered 28 days later after the official transfer window was closed. The registration period was from 13thJuly 2021 till 30th September.

BFA secretariat has since resolved that, the matter be referred to the BFA Players Status Committee for final determination and also that Rollers should appear before the disciplinary committee for sanctioning.Meanwhile, information reaching this publication from the reliable sources indicate that Rollers might be docked 15 points for using defender Ratanang.

The 15 pointsdeduction would mean Mapalastina surrender the league title to their rivals, Gaborone United.Moyagoleele are currently at the summit of BPL with 61 points with five games remaining to end the season, while Mapalastina, on the other hand, are trailing on the second position on 59 points. Rollers are left with four games to finish their campaign. The points deduction will see Rollers drop to mid-table.

Meanwhile, the matter of Ratanang’s improper registration started to gain the momentum last month following a string of good run by Rollers.The controversial registration of the said player has forced Rollers president and financier, Jagdish Shah, to ask his technical team to stop using the player until the issue has been resolved.

Following some utterances to the media attributed to Shah regarding Ratanangs registration, the BFA has reacted. Late last month BFA CEO, Mfolo Mfolo wrote a letter to the Botswana Football league directing them to investigate the said utterances by Shah.

Mr Shah is quoted in the media alleging that the Players Status Committee is to be blamed for the delay in processing the registration of a certain player. This is deceitful and brings the reputation of the BFA into disrepute, read part of the letter Mfolo wrote to BFL CEO, Solomon Ramochotlhwane.


Finally, sponsors jerk BFA

30th January 2023

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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Clubs petition Zackhem, Jagdish Shah

23rd January 2023

Some disgruntled Botswana Football League (BFL) shareholders are planning to petition the BFL board led by Gaborone United director and chief financier Nicolas Zackhem and his treasurer Jagdish Shah. Furthermore, they want to challenge the Botswana football Association (BFA) leadership over the deteriorating status of football in the country.

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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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