Tuesday, 21 May 2019 11:59

Gunners navigate the storm

One of the country’s biggest football brands, Extension Gunners, has denied being in any sort of crisis despite their chairman Tariq Babitseng being suspended from any football activities by the Botswana Football Association (BFA), this week.

The embattled Babitseng has a long-standing battle with the BFA, stemming from alleged misappropriation of funds during his time as an administrator at the football mother body. This week, the BFA wrote to Gunners informing the BTC Premiership outfit of its (BFA) decision to suspend Babitseng.

However, the controversial chairman matter is just part of the Gunners bucket of issues as the team recently held a Special General Meeting (SGM) to address numerous issues that have been afflicting the Lobatse sleeping giants. In an interview this week, the Gunners Communication manager, Willoughby Kemoen said they did not address the suspension of their chairman as they received the letter from the BFA , which implicates the  teams of some  wrong doing only after their meeting.

However, Kemoen said they have acknowledged receiving the letter and will be waiting for further communications from the Association. Kemoen said it will be up to the Gunners acting president Jacob Sesinyi to call an Executive Committee meeting to address the issue of the Gunners chairman.  Meanwhile, Kemoen said the team will be under the guidance and direction of its board during such turbulent times.

“The president may later call a press conference to update the media on the state of the team,” Kemoen said. Some of the issues discussed at the Gunners SGM included co-opting the team membership to fill up positions that were vacant in the executive committee. The vacant positions that have since been filled include Team manager, Vice chairman, Marketing manager, treasurer and Club president. 

Top of the Gunners executive committee agenda includes that of the technical sponsor contract, which is expected to be reviewed before the team’s General Assembly in July.  The technical sponsor for Gunners is currently 90min plus, a local sports apparel company, which Kemoen explains has found a running contract with the technical sponsor when they took over. “We have engaged a local attorney, Ian Kebopetswe to amend the Gunners constitution to accommodate commercialisation.”

Furthermore, Gunners are seeking to drill their supporters against taking club matters to social media, which often decreases chances of securing sponsorship for the team. The SGM resolutions further address the debts that have been accumulated by the team recently. Kemoen explained that they will set up a sub-committee to lead with initiatives to fund raise for the club. This will help pay club debts including all former coaches and current players’ salaries.

Meanwhile, Kemoen said they are disappointed at the position the team currently occupies in the log standings with only one game left before the current season comes to a close. “We are currently in position nine with one game left against Sankoyo Bush Bucks in Maun. If we win this game, we might end up in the top eight brackets.”

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Friday, 03 August 2018 15:29

Teams assemble technical arsenal

With just under three weeks before the 2018/19 BTC Premiership resumes, excitement has build up as unexpected transfer announcements continue to shock and thrill football supporters across the nation.

The shake up in the technical departments of most domestic premier league teams is just as exciting. Most BTC Premiership outfits are expected to appear with different coaches during the first week fixtures on 18th August. Miscelleneous or Tse Nala as they are affectionately called have since reunited with their coach Chippa Koolese who has returned from a stint at Orapa United. Koolese will replace the revered but nomadic ‘Oris’ Boyo Radipotsane who is believed to have moved on to Morupule Wanderers.

In an interview this week, Miscelleneous spokesperson Edwin Ntau said they parted ways with Radipotsane at the end of the last season. At Miscelleneous, Radipotsane defied all odds and led the Serowe outfit to a top 8 finish. In their last season’s campaign, Tse Nala recorded a win against the then undefeated Township Rollers.  Ntau said Koolese is a capable   coach who once took the team from six points up to the last 12, a feat that saw them surviving the clutches of relegation.

“We hope that he stays for two seasons. It is a gentlemen’s agreement, which means he can move on if he finds greener pastures.“
After parting ways with Serbian coach Zlatko Krmpotic, the other top team, Jwaneng Galaxy this week confirmed that they are looking for a competent coach in Botswana and beyond borders.

In an interview this week, Galaxy spokesperson Tankiso Morake said Matshidiso has been serving as assistant to Krmpotic before the Serbian left the team. 

We did not   come to terms with the coach and now we are   searching for a replacement. Meanwhile Morake   also revealed   that Galaxy are in talks with former Zebras goal keeper, Modiri Marumo. Marumo recently had a successful spell as a coach in South Africa.
Our intension was to land Galaxy in the Premier league and ensure the team settles and eventually wins silverware. “And thus far we have reached most of these targets.”

Of late, Gaborone United have been making headlines for the wrong reasons after one of their former players successfully sued them at FIFA. However, GU chairman Boitumelo Nsunge said the Reds are currently in a rebuilding phase, and they are currently assessing a number of CVs from international coaches. Nsunge said former GU player and assistant coach Stephen Maphosa is still in charge of the technical department. “We are   currently waiting to asses two coaches   from Europe,” he said.

“We are  currently in the process of rebuilding he team. GU will combine both younger and experienced players.” GU, who have been experiencing financial difficulties parted   ways with outspoken Argentine coach Rudolf Zapata who has moved on to coach in Kenya.
Meanwhile, Orapa United recently announced the arrival of former Township Rollers assistant coach Teenage Mpote.

Mpote will be expected to work with the Zimbabwean mentor, Bongani Mafu. Mpote’s arrival came as a surprise into the Orapa fold and rivals will be left scratching their heads. Mpote was at the helm of Rollers, one of the biggest football brands in the country before the arrival of Serbian Nikola Kavazovic.

 After a short spell as assistant to Kavazovic, the two men had a well-publicized fallout that saw Mpote leaving the Blues. A well-respected tactician and disciplinarian, Mpote will be expected to serve Ostriches well after replacing Daniel Chico Nare at the team. In a recent interview, Orapa spokesperson Kabo William said they have recruited Mpote who will be working alongside Zakhariah Mudzadzi who serves as a development coach.

“Looking back at our previous results in the league we have decided to bring Mpote in the technical team. We preferred Mpote because he plays the role of a parent and he will instil discipline in the team,” William said.

 “This season we want to fight for the championship and we need pace going forward so most of our team will be under 24 years.”
Newly promoted BR Highlanders are expected to retain their headcoach Kabo Dintwa. In a recent interview, Dintwa said the Mahalapye outfit needs to be revamped in almost all departments. 

The coach remained realistic about their prospects this season, adding that they will not be aiming for a top 8 finish in their 18/19 campaign.
”We need to survive in our first season return,” he said.

Dintwa took over the team in the 2017/18 season after a spell as assistant to veteran coach Boyo ‘Oris’ Radipotsane. “The first division (DNFD) league is difficult and it takes a lot of work before you can gain promotion. Unlike the Premier League you are not given space in the lower league. There is hard marking and there is no room on the ball.”

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Wednesday, 01 August 2018 08:31

Miscelleneous lead in BTC Charity votes

Miscelleneous Sports club are currently leading votes in the BTC Charity cup where supporters of the Premier league clubs are expected to vote their team into the one-day tournament.

The   tournament will pit four BTC Premiership clubs against one another in the charity cup competition scheduled for the national stadium on 11th August in Gaborone.
As of Wednesday this week, Serowe’s Miscelleneous was leading with 8040 votes, while   second place Extension Gunners is trailing with 4415 votes. On third place is the reigning league champions Township Rollers with 4234.

Gaborone United came in third place with 3476. In an interview this week, Miscelleneous spokesperson Edwin Ntau said the Serowe based club is ahead of the pack because of implacable leadership skills.
“We have mobilised our supporters from Serowe village, to the Ngwato region and beyond. Our   supporters are responding positively because they know the importance of competing in the BTC Charity cup,” Ntau said.

The enthusiastic Ntau said they have been working day and night to   encourage their supporters to vote. We have requested our supporters   to spend at least P20 in voting for the team. Miscelleneous, who were last year’s surprise package when they emerged as giant killers against the likes of Township Rollers, have surprised many football stakeholders with their shocking margin in the BTC charity voting chart.

“We have branches all over the country and we have appealed to supporters to vote across the country.” Ntau expressed confidence that their   votes might even swell to 10 000 when the next results are published.“We have beaten almost all the teams that will be competing in the charity cup. We are ready to throng the stadium in huge numbers when the competition takes place in Gaborone. So far, we have made transport arrangements and the team replica jerseys have already been prepared for supporters.

In other matters, Ntau said they have not yet signed any players in the current transfer window. Our rival teams are busy confusing players with contract signing. “We will salvage all the players that remain and build them up into a competitive squad. The team is busy courting potential sponsors. We expect to acquire sponsorship soon as   we are master sales men and we will provide the much-needed mileage.”

The winners of the competition are expected to walk away with P300 000. The runners up will scoop P200 000 whilst P 120 000 will be handed to number three and four.

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 14:28

Moyo fired from TAFIC

Francistown based  BTC Premiership outfit TAFIC sporting club this week confirmed the  depature of  their  head coach Maxwell Moyo and his assistant Elias Chinyemba. 

The  rather surprising announcement comes after a short lived and yet troubled  relationship between the two parties. In  an exclusive  interview  with BG Sport  earlier this  week, TAFIC  Public Relations officer Warrant Kolola was at pains to divulge  information on  new developments at the  team. 

A  rather cagey Kolola said the  team’s main focus is on the weekend League encounter against the Lobatse based Extension Gunners at the Francistown Sports complex tomorrow evening (Saturday).

Nevertheless, Kolola confirmed that Matjimenyenga have since secured the services of experienced  local coach Rapelang ‘Razor’ Tsatsilebe who is  expected to  be howling instructions from the touchline when they face Mapantsula.

Although all seem to be well at the club, a source close to TAFIC  did not mince his words as he said that there is trouble in paradise since Chinyemba and Moyo were both given a raw deal as they were expelled before they could be hauled before a disciplinary hearing for under performance. 

“Chinyemba has been with the club since their  campaign  in the National First Division league and he never disappointed the team at any given point in time. 

As for Moyo, he only sat on the bench twice against Gaborone United and Sankoyo Bush Bucks. He was also given the boot prematurely,” the source continued. 

BG Sport is also reliable informed that the delay in the issuance of Moyo’s workers and resident permit was not as a result of the Immigration Department as initially claimed by the team management. Instead, it has come into the open that an agent who was used by the club to solicit the coach’s permits decided not to hand over the required papers as he was owed money by TAFIC . “It was only towards the end of last year that the agent was fully paid hence Moyo’s brief appearances on the TAFIC bench. Bearing that in mind, on what basis can one say Moyo was fired including his assistant coach who has been doing a very great job? We understand that the team needs results but people should not be undermined like it has been done with our former two coaches,”the source said.

Meanwhile reliable sources  within TAFIC said the club management said  former  Mochudi Centre Chiefs  striker Bonolo Fraser is on his  way  to the Francistown outfit. Fraiser is n currently  playing for Serowe’s  Miscellaneous. TAFIC are currently languishing at position 14 with 14 points since the beginning of the first round and it will remain to be seen as to whether they will claim bragging rights in Francistown against Mapantsula.

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 14:18

Mafu takes on Magosi

The 2017/18 BTC Premiership kicks into gear this weekend and perhaps the most compelling fixture will see Boteti’s Orapa United taking on the Mochudi Centre Chiefs at the Molepolole Sports Complex.  

The main protagonist in this encounter will be the newly appointed Orapa   headcoach Bongani Mafu. As things stand Mafu still has unfinished business with his former employers in Centre Chiefs. Magosi who unceremoniously parted ways with Mafu last season are reported to still owe the Zimbabwean some of his dues from his time as coach.  During his tenure at Magosi, Mafu was known to openly criticize the Magosi management. 

Despite giving a decent account of himself in the pitch during his tumultuous tenure at Chiefs, Mafu consistently decried lack of support and resources from the once mighty Kgatleng outfit.  However, things seem to have changed drastically for Mafu in the last few weeks as he now finds himself at the helm of a well resourced and results orientated team and his first assignment is rather   intriguing this weekend. 

Nevertheless Mafu is expected to command one of the strongest technical teams in the domestic league as the experienced Daniel Nare who has been holding the fort since the unceremonious departure of Madinda Ndlovu will assist him. Moreover, Mafu will lead a talented and capable   squad of Lemogang Maswena, Gift Moyo, Omaatla Kebatho, Kobamelo Kebaikanye, Olekantse Mambo and goalkeeper Mosimanegape Robert. However, Magosi will be expected to come out with all guns blazing when they meet the Ostriches in Molepolole. 

Despite their difficult financial situation Magosi are still a threat. Both   teams are attack minded and the   game   will be expected to be a fast paced affair despite Magosi coming in as the underdog. Moreover Magosi retain a healthy mixture   of both experience and youth.  Goalkeeper   Noah Maposa is the most experienced player followed by defensive midfielder Lawrence Majawa. There is also team captain Thato Kebue, Thato Ogopotse, Lesego Galenamotlhale, Lesego Lubinda and Thatayaone Ramatlapeng to mention a few. 

Meanwhile Orapa are currently on position six with 19 points while Chiefs are on position 11 with 15 points. Both teams have played 13 games. In other weekend   fixtures TAFIC face Extension Gunners in Francistown, Security Systems face Jwaneng Galaxy in Lobatse, while Gilport Lions face Maun’s Sankoyo Bush Bucks in Francistown Council Stadium. 

Otse Stadium will host Police XI and Gaborone United. On Sunday BDF XI   face Black Forest in Molepolole while Township Rollers face Miscelleneous in Lobatse.

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 12:47

Santos suspend headcoach

BTC premiership outfit  Uniao Flamingo Santos are alleged to have parted ways with their headcoach Blessing Moyo who joined the club at the beginning of the season. 

The Gabane-based outfit roped in the services of the Zimbabwean coach to boost their campaign this season. However there have been allegations of gross misconduct by 

the former TAFIC headcoach during his two months’ stay at Santos. 

Moyo joined Ma-14 after the ambitious Gabane outfit could not secure the services of former national team coach Stanley Tshosane and former BFA technical officer Philimon Makhwengwe. BG sport can reveal that the club president Mokganedi Molefe preferred the former Zebras headcoach and the illustrious Makhwengwe who at one point oversaw the national Under 20 team.

Moyo guided the then Debswana National First Division (NFD) favourites TAFIC to spot number one before being relieved of his duties with about five games to end of the 2016/17 season. BG sport is reliably informed that Moyo is likely to be fired from his second job only months after leaving TAFIC. Santos, TAFIC and Sharps Shooting Stars were promoted to the top league at the beginning of the season. Santos and Sharps are already under the guidance of caretaker coaches due to suspensions of their headcoaches. 

The former players Innocent Ranku and Kgosietsile Mampori have been coaching the club for the past few seasons while the team was still playing in the NFD south. The two have been appointed temporary coach and assistant respectively. Ranku and Mampori led Ma-14 against Security Systems at Molepolole Sports Complex before taking a long away trip to play Sankoyo Bush Bucks in Maun on Saturday.

In an interview this week, Santos chairman Major Boiki Lesotlho confirmed to BG sport that Moyo has been suspended. “He is suspended indefinitely pending investigations,” explained Lesotlho. Santos have already played six league games, winning two and losing four times under Moyo. Nevertheless the Santos chairman did not state when will the investigations be completed and whether the findings will be made public.

 The former TAFIC coach declined to comment on the issue saying, “I am not in a position to talk about that, let them (Santos management) handle it the way they want. Sorry, I am not in a position to comment. I love the game, some things can derail you and there are people who depend on you.” Santos are currently in position 14 of league with six points. Santos   face Sankoyo Bush Bucks in Maun this Saturday.

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 09:14

Magosi seek international coach

BTC premiership sleeping giants Mochudi Centre Chiefs Vice chairman Raymond Tsheko this week accused local coaches of lacking the ambition to advance their careers and technical skills beyond borders. The Kgatleng outfit that are currently without a headcoach are well known for preferring foreign   coaches over local candidates. 

The   former   BPL   premier league   champions   have only appointed local coaches on temporary basis since 2004. “Since 2005 the pedigree of our squad forced us to employ foreign coaches. Our highly talented players were exposed to national team coaches like Colleen Rowe, Jelusic Veselin and the only coach to have guided Zebras to African Cup of Nations Stanley Tshosane,” Tshosane said.

In an interview   this week, Tsheko argued that they could not go down from the championship status to mediocre set up. The Magosi Vice chairman said they would have completed the process of hiring a coach on the 21 October. “The intension is that we should have employed the coach ahead  of the fifth round of the league.” Chiefs host Mankgodi based outfit Black Forest on 21st at National stadium before playing Township Rollers a few days later.  

BG Sport has it in good authority that the club is assessing applications from high-ranking coaches from across the globe. The applicants are said to be in possession of qualifications as high as UEFA Pro, UEFA B, and CAF A. The club, which has recently come under scrutiny due to consistent financial strain, is looking at applications from as far as Spain, Portugal, Italy and some from the African continent.   

Chiefs have enjoyed the services of some of the finest players   in the   country including Jerome Ramatlhakwana, Lesego Galenamotlhale, Pontsho Moloi, Elvis Meleke, Tendai Nyumasi, Tshepo Motlhabankwe, Noah Maposa, to name but a few over the years. In previous years, Magosi engaged the services of  well known foreign   coaches including Mike Sithole, Dragojlo Stanojlovic and Bongani Mafu. “It is not by default that foreign players and coaches come to our league and perform well,” said Tsheko. “If you have never played, reported or coached in front of a minimum capacity of 60 000 spectators week in week out, you are far from football. If you fall under this category it defines the level of your football exposure,” Tsheko said. When asked about his club position concerning employment of coaches, Tsheko said, “It depends on two factors,  it depends on the pedigree of our players. If the quality is high the stake goes higher,” Tsheko said.  

Tsheko is however positive that Chiefs will pass the club licensing exercise test recently introduced by CAF. First Instance Body (FIB) tasked with rolling out the club licensing initiative gave Chiefs and other clubs provisional licence until 31st October. 

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 12:22

Eleven BPL teams fail to comply

Only five BTC premiership clubs have complied with the First Instance Body (FIB), a committee   appointed   by the Botswana Football Association (BFA) to facilitate the strict club licensing initiative.  

This means 11 premier league clubs have not complied with club licensing requirements ahead of the 2017/18 premier league season. Addressing members of the press and stakeholders in Gaborone this week, FIB chairman Mfolo Mfolo said they have since given   non complying BPL clubs a waver to compete in the 2017/18 BTC premiership league under conditions that they comply by 31st October. 

However, Mfolo said teams that have not complied   by   the deadline would be barred from competing in the   league for the rest of the season if they do not come to the party. FIB has been in a rigorous exercise of educating, receiving applications, advising, finally adjudicating and licensing.

Fresh   information reaching BG Sport is that the FIB was pressured to accommodate those clubs under certain   conditions. The BPL season failed to start in August, which is set on the constitution due to failure to pay match officials their dues from the previous season.  The 2017/ 18 season is also going to start late due to prolonged sponsorship negotiations and club licensing exercise. “The late start of the season has nothing to do with us,” Mfolo said when addressing a press conference this week.

The global football authority, Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) issued a circular no. 1128 in 2007 called FIFA club licensing regulations. The resolution was passed at the May 2007 congress with a clear and simple mission to coordinate and implement licensing universally among members. The local football governing authority is among FIFA members, which failed to embark on the licensing system since 2013. 

The club-licensing manual has been introduced by BFA as a plan to comply with the FIFA circular no. 1128. BG Sport revealed that a number of clubs had been going through a rough patch financially, which made it difficult for clubs to have audited financials. FIB has also put recommendations for provisional license holders to pay for audits as a collective, to make it cheaper. 

Mfolo announced that only Security Systems, Police XI, Orapa United, Galaxy and Township Rollers were awarded outright full license. FIB chairman praised the league champions for even going an extra mile to submit financial budget for 2017/18 season. FIB will be in office for the next 2 seasons. 

Mochudi Centre Chiefs, Sharps  Sports person of the year nomination list. The award has been eluding Makwala over the past few years due to inconsistencies.  The key interest at the awards usually is the sports person of the year who happens to be the overall winner. The sports person is usually contested by the sports man and the sports woman of the year. Junior Female Sports Person of the year usually attracts athletes from the Botswana Chess Federation, Botswana Tennis Association and athletics. BCF hosts more youth competitions than most other codes. Besa Masaiti is not a surprise in this category though she did not win anything internationally even though she improved her FIDE ranking.  

Tennis protégé Tshegofatso Tsiang who is based at a high performance centre in South Africa is another candidate even though her achievements at the international stage are a bit vague. Another dark horse in the junior   women’s category is Galefele Moroko who rose to prominence as one of the few promising athletes at BISA competitions a few years ago. However, the young athlete has also not won any major competition. 

The junior male sports person of the year is the only category contested by athletes who competed at the Olympics.  Gavin Mogopa is the first Judoka to represent Botswana at the Olympics last year in Rio even though he made it as far as preliminary stages. Karate happens to be one of the most consistent sport codes and thus far and Thabang Setshego comes as no surprise. 

Setshego will be a favourite to walk away with the award. Another likely winner is Karabo Sibanda who managed to beat teammate Baboloki Thebe for the nomination. Sibanda’s   record at junior and senior level is impressive after finishing 5th in 400m at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Sibanda was ranked 2nd fastest Junior 400m in the world in 2016. The sport code of the year is one of the toughest competitions with Botswana Cricket Association (BCA), Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) and Botswana Athletics Association (BAA). BCA has one of the best strategies in the land. BCF is one of the few codes to have retained sponsors over the years while the BAA remains one of the high performing codes in the field of play even though administratively it leaves a lot to be desired. The coach of the year category nominees is Peter Molefhe (Karate), Mogomotsi Otsetswe (Athletics) and Thebe Setlalekgosi (Boxing). The umpire/referee of the year nominees are Edgar Serole (volleyball).  Joshua Bondo continues to fly the flag on behalf of the poor performing football team.  Gaone Poane of tennis is also nominated. The contest is possibly between Serole and Bondo.   The group code of the year pits BOTESSA against BOPSSA. The awards organiser included the category for athletes living with disability since last year. Kedumetse John - Special Olympics and Goitseone Ramontshonyane - Special Olympics contest for this category. 

The male sport person with disability Keatlaretse Mabote of PASSOBO and Brightfield Shadi from Special Olympics hooting Stars, Miscellaneous, and Black Forest are the only clubs to be awarded provisional license with grade B. Mfolo explained that the provisional license was for those clubs that met the requirements, though they had some outstanding issues which are key to licensing, for example failure to get a medical doctor. Extension Gunners, Uniao Flamingo Santos, GU, Sankoyo Bush Bucks, BDF XI, Gilport and Tafic managed to pass the test but they were also awarded provisional license.    

BG Sport recently revealed that a number of clubs have released players who were owed money to look for employment elsewhere as  a smart way of cancelling outstanding salaries. Most BPL clubs claim to be relying solely on gate takings and TV rights to manage the day to day running of business. According to the licensing manual all BPL members that have outstanding debts should have a payment plan before they can be licensed. Mfolo warned that tax evasion is fraud therefore clubs should take responsibility and liaise with Botswana Unified Revenue Service. 

Article 3.3.3 of the club licensing manual states that, “only clubs which fulfil the criteria set out in this manual, at the deadline defined by the BFA, maybe granted a license to enter the domestic club competitions of the coming season”.  The newly introduced monitoring and evaluation instrument may force the league to commence with fewer clubs if any member fails to comply. 

BPL recently announced the postponement of the new football season to allow members to comply with licensing regulations. FIB chairman Mfolo Mfolo recently praised the Uniao Flamingo Santos development model. BG Sport is informed that Santos scored the highest in sporting category. 

The licensing has been introduced to the local football authority by CAF as a ploy to curb amateurism in African elite leagues. CAF sent its consultants Honor Janza and Sunzo Nyirenda to come and assist the local association to set structures for licensing. The local association failed to cascade the FIFA vision to make it realistic and achievable. 

Club licensing objectives include ensuring that clubs have adequate levels of management and organisation. To improve the economic and financial capability of clubs increased transparency and credibility. 

The licensing manual prescribes that clubs should have agreed deals with their secretariat, medical doctors, general manager, finance manager, sporting arena and infrastructure.

The club licensing rules guide that all players are subject to medical tests before they could sign contracts with clubs. The local transfer window closed on the 25/ 09/17 and the league is expected to start on the 09/09/17. The new challenge in signing foreign players is issuance of work permit by the ministry of nationality, immigration and gender affairs.

The Ministry of Sports has set new standards for awarding permits to foreigners. BG Sport is reliably informed that BFA is yet to make a case to guide the ministry on requirements of work permit for footballers.  The 2017/18 BTC premiership was expected to kick start on the 9th August. 

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Monday, 21 August 2017 10:53

Magosi’s raging battle continues

The raging internal battle atcoutfit Mochudi Center Chiefs seems to be far from over. For a moment there was light at the end of the tunnel when a transitional committee recently reconciled the two warring groups within the team. However, a recent Annual General Assembly held in   Mochudi   revealed the emergence of yet another group battling for the soul of Magosi.

A protracted court case for   control of the team saw a High Court judge ordering the two groups to form a transitional committee to review club constitution, conduct a financial audit and organise an elective AGM. The club had three parallel structures before the court order though the applications and order concentrated on the society and the trust. The society took the trust to court over who should manage the affairs of the club, as the club was then managed by the trust.  Speaking during the watershed AGM   this past weekend, former club public relations officer Clifford Mogomotsi said the Magosi trust complied with the court order in good faith and ingenuity.

“We were doing this in good faith; we knew the other group were likely to act otherwise. The trust is not impeding on the transitional committee,” said Mogomotsi at the club AGM.  The former Magosi mouthpiece said they were aware that the club would not pass the club licensing exercise at the first go. The assembly agreed that the club property be consolidated under one structure. Club secretary Reuben Lekorwe advised the assembly that there is need to harmonise all the three club entities before amending the current constitution, which has been in existence from 1972. The trust seized the operations of the club in 2007, with Molome and Mogomotsi at the forefront.

Ribbon investment was formed to run the affairs of the club on behalf of the trust from 2010 to 2016.  However club-licensing documents unearthed by BG sport recently revealed that Magosi were struggling to satisfy the licensing authority along with other BTC premiership teams. The document further revealed that Magosi are yet to furnish the licensing authority with supporting documents concerning medical services offered by their main sponsors Boitekanelo College.  

The transitional committee was made of 9 members as per the judgement, 3 from the society, 3 from the respondents (trust), and the other 3 comprised elders identified by both applicants and respondents. BG is reliably informed that the two groups never disbanded after the formation of the transitional committee. The transitional committee chairman Christopher Molomo was elected   club president; Ernest Molome had been brought in as club chairman with Raymond Tsheko as his deputy. Reuben Lekorwe retains his position as the Secretary General, former public relation officer of the club Clifford Mogomotsi was elected team manager, Ridwell Moremi replaced Reginald Madisa as treasurer, while Rapula Moetlo, Pollen Makgane and Madisa were elected as additional members. 

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Monday, 21 August 2017 10:33

NFD faces club licensing challenge

The First Division north and south leagues are supposedly ready for the daunting challenge of club licensing. This announcement made this week comes when the more advanced BTC premiership clubs are struggling to impress the First Instance Body, an organisation entrusted with overseeing club licensing. 

The BPL was introduced to club licensing some 12 months ago. There has been new development this week when some BPL clubs received feedback from the adjudicating authority with regards to   compliance. The three national leagues will now be regulated by licensing authority to compete in BFA sanctioned competitions as per the compliance manual. The BFA licensing body will be expected to crack the whip at the National First Division league from the beginning of the 2018/19 season.  

This week, the FIB chairman Mfolo Mfolo confirmed that after accessing and adjudicating at the top-flight league, his focus would shift to the FND leagues. The NFD league, which is sponsored by local mining company Debswana, is divided into north and south. Nonetheless, Mfolo commended recently promoted Uniao Flamingo Santos for having scored above all clubs at sporting criteria. “Santos have the best youth development program but they are new, they scored higher points than all BPL clubs,” said FIB chairman. Mfolo said they will effect the licensing with caution, though they won’t compromise sporting criteria, medical and financial.  “If the license applicant does not fulfil any A-criteria, then it cannot be granted a license to enter the domestic club competitions,” reads the club licensing criteria. The category division for NFD clubs includes application, legal and club ownership documents and infrastructure. The club licensing system will also make life easier for clubs to comply with the Registrar of societies, in regard to submitting financials.  

NFD north chairman Mpezeni Sambandawa said they have hit the ground running in preaching the message about club licensing. Reports reaching BG Sport are that the NFD league sponsors Debswana provided two administration officers to both the north and south leagues. “Some clubs are compliant, for example when Tafic joined BPL they were almost 80 percent compliant. Sua Flamingos’ and Morupule Wanderers are on track,” Sambandawa said. Nevertheless, the NFD north chairman conceded that his league affiliates have shortcomings in the medical category.  

Meanwhile, NFD south chairman Samuel Keitireng concurred with his northern counterpart that the two leagues are aware. According to the NFD south chairman, the league is doing well in worthshopping and encouraging their affiliates to comply at least with minimum standards. Keitireng said his office is engaging the BFA CEOs office to facilitate employment of an administration officer. “We are working with the CEO to get a full time employee and we believe our sponsor will provide a salary”, explained Keitireng.

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