The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Botswana Football Association (BFA) Mfolo Mfolo this week expressed confidence that the national stadium will be ready for Township Rollers’ first game of the 2018 CAF Champions League group stages today (Friday). Rollers locks horns with Kampala Capital City Authority(KCCA) of Uganda.
This follows CAF’s recent inspection of the national stadium. The BFA was requested to ensure that specific demands made by CAF after the inspection should be attended to as soon as possible. The inspection was meant to ensure that the stadium is suitable to host the CAF matches and remain on the list of approved venues for the games.
According to a CAF report received by BFA dated 21st April 2018, the national stadium should among others have team benches consisting of 14 seats each, as chairs are not allowed in the pitch and one covered bench for officials.
CAF demands that sanitary facilities for spectators must be clean and hygienic, the media photographers’ area should be well equipped. In addition, the media tribune should not be in the VIP area and separation must be provided for both sections. Moreover, CAF demands that spectators living with disabilities should not be seated around the playing area. The continental governing body requires that a dedicated area must be created for people living with disabilities in the stands.
Quizzed on whether, the BFA has managed to satisfy the demands of CAF, a confident Mfolo said they are ready to host the mouthwatering encounter. “By Friday morning we will have availed everything that is needed by CAF and I believe that during their next inspection they will approve,” he said. In the report, CAF noted that the national stadium will be monitored during Rollers' game against KCCA game.
Regarding arrangements on the media centre, Mfolo noted that they have a new arrangement for the media, that will ensure that they are not seated next to the VIP section. Meanwhile Rollers spokesperson Bafana Pheto said they are ready to face Uganda tonight and anything is possible. Kickoff is 1900hrs.