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Transfer Mayhem rattles BFA



The Botswana Football Association (BFA) has defended itself against an embarrassing fiasco that has blocked the highly publicized move of three local players to the South African National First Division league.

The three players, Mosha Gaolaolwe, Gape Mohutsiwa from Township Rollers and Thero Setsile (Jwaneng Galaxy) were set to join TS Galaxy in the South African second tier league. Through a statement this week, BFA was quick to distance itself from the humiliating transfer window mishap involving the three clubs. “The BFA would like to categorically inform the general public that the failure of the intended transfers was not due to any action and or lack thereof from the Association and its employees,” BFA Chief Executive Officer, Mfolo Mfolo said through a statement.

Mfolo explained that FIFA has since developed a system called Transfer Management System (TMS) which is used for inter club transfers, that is when a player moves from one team to another at adifferent associations. “No transfers involving two different Associations can take place without going through the TMS. Every Club in the world, affiliated to FIFA and CAF has a designated administrator and so does every Football Association. This system is web based, hence is accessible through the internet,” Mfolo said through the statement. According to Mfolo, a sequence of events has to occur in order for a transfer to take place:

The recipient club must first engage the holding/counter club, the one that is releasing the player, through TMS. Furthermore, Mfolo explained that the counter club must then respond to the requesting club through the same system; “Upon the two clubs agreeing to the transfer through the TMS, the counter Association, the one which the releasing club belongs to will confirm if indeed the requested player/s are registered with same. Upon confirmation by the counter Association, the receiving association will request for the release of the ITC which will be duly released by the holding association.” Through the statement the BFA boss took time to chronicle what transpired between the three parties. “On the 31st January 2019 at 2336hrs, TS Galaxy engaged Township Rollers in the TMS in relation to the transfer of Mosha Gaolaolwe and Gape Mohutsiwa and the request was completed at 2347hrs.”

The BFA CEO further explained that on the same date at 2336hrs Township Rollers responded to the request in the affirmative and finished the transaction at 2347hrs.“The counter/releasing Association could not react to the request as it was outside working hours and there had been no prior arrangement made with the counter/releasing Association to await the transaction. The practise has been that where clubs anticipate transactions in TMS outside working hours, they would inform the Association in advance so that prior arrangements are made to assist the transacting clubs especially on deadline day of any registration period.”

According to Mfolo, the counter/releasing Association (BFA) only became aware of the pending transactions in the morning 01 February 2019 when the Office opened for business and duly responded to the request by 0808hrs. “Although the counter/releasing Association had responded to the request, FIFA declined to issue the ITC as the transfer was concluded outside the receiving Association’s transfer period. Despite the rejection of the request by FIFA, the receiving club, in this case TS Galaxy had an option to appeal to the FIFA Players Status Committee if indeed it felt aggrieved of the decision in the TMS, which option the club has not utilised to date.”

Mfolo said: “We have also noted that there was a similar transaction involving the same club (TS Galaxy) and Jwaneng Galaxy. In the said instance, TS Galaxy did not engage Jwaneng Galaxy regarding the transfer of Thero Setsile despite the initiative by Jwaneng Galaxy to engage TS Galaxy in the TMS. The transfer eventually fell by the wayside due to the non-action by the receiving club.” Following the unfortunate sequence of events, the BFA has since rebuffed social media statements suggesting that the non-materialisation of the transaction was as a result of failure to act by the BFA.

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Heelang, hands off journalists!



In our last edition, we touched on athletes who need to be media savvy, however it appears the vaccine needs to be administered on sports leaders too.

There is a highly contagious disease spreading rapidly in the sports space with those in power having a wrong perception of owning the media or somehow entitled to publicity. Such people want to literally dictate what should be broadcast or published, fa ba bata go go nyantshetsa o utwa gotwe, write and send back so I crosscheck.

That equals disrespecting and undermining a journalist to the lowest level; it is more like wanting to teach a scribe how to do their work. If you are in a wrong profession at your respected workplace, please kindly send in your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to newsrooms, you might land that Editor- In Chief position. Then there are those who will make scribes feel like they signed a death warrant, why did you not cover my event? You are not reliable; you are only good at chasing certain individuals. Heelang! Stop crucifying journalists, they do not owe anyone anything and realistically speaking cannot cover everything to please all.

Oops and there are those who never want anything bad or controversial associated with their name. They start off as bosom buddies, discussing ‘non offensive’ issues and once in a while a compliment thrown their way. Once the dark days come knocking and gears are changed, suddenly the same journalist ke moloi wa meno a 4 mo ganong. Really now? So, all along the witch was not visible and now that the tables have turned and it hurts like never before, things have become clearer? Perhaps, you forget what the real job of a scribe is? You cannot befriend a journalist my friends, if you do, then something is seriously wrong! Expect the good together with the bitter taste of unwanted publicity.

There is also a time when the scribes are labelled bomma dijo le bo Rradijo. To an extent that you even emphasize that there will be food at your events, so the more the merrier! I agree, generally only a few can say NO to free food but it becomes a bit untidy when you put a food price tag to your events. Ga re gane, there are some colleagues with a huge appetite and they are not even shy about it but isn’t it that there are people like that all over.

Le re tshabisa go ja, please! Another trend, initially good but now disturbing is that of organisations spoiling some rotten journalists by travelling with them to certain places, all expenses fully paid for. This includes food, accommodation and transportation. Things then become cozy when a drink or two is thrown in, nice but at what expense? Is it out of good will or tantamount to bribery?

Some associations tend to confuse it all with rubbing off bad publicity. Kgantele e nna, ao laitaka, o lebala o robetse ko Cresta Hotel ke go reketse biri? A guilty conscience then kicks in and stories are shelved. It is only a few that manage to look beyond the fancy trips and royal treatment and uphold journalism principles. Better you spoil journalists but without undue expectations, accept both the bad and the good coming your way.

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Abidal punches ticket to TS Galaxy




Township Rollers’s defensive Midfielder Gape ‘Abidal’ Mohutsiwa has confirmed that he will be plying his trade at South African based TS Galaxy next season.

This follows rife speculation that Mohutsiwa’s deal with Galaxy might have somehow fallen off. The strong suspicions came about last week when the national first division side communicated the team’s new signings. Local based players of Mosha Gaolaolwe, Thero Setsile and Ezekiel Morake were mentioned in the list and Mohutsiwa’s name was suspiciously omitted. As if that was not enough, the team went on to show off pictures of the trio signing contracts with the team management but still no mention of Mohutsiwa.

Speaking to Sun Sport this week, Mohutsiwa explained that he had seen the communication but made nothing from it. “I am still going because even my work permit is ready, all is well and there is no need to panic,” he said.

The 22-year-old pointed out that TS Galaxy had informed that they will communicate dates to join them in South Africa. He is expecting their call anytime after completing the season this coming weekend.

“I also saw those pictures with the management and its is not like they signed the contracts last week. I suspect that they were just appreciating the performance made by my fellow colleagues Morake and Setsile during the COSAFA championships staged in Durban South Africa,” said Mohutsiwa.

The young Abidal as he is well known is convinced that the TS Galaxy management was just ‘boasting’ about the kind of talent they are bringing to their team. “I did not perform to the best of my ability during COSAFA championships but I cannot say they were neglecting me, I am actually fine with it,” he said.

Mohutsiwa added that as young as he is, he believes that he has a lot to offer and the intention is not to return home in a year or so. He has been signed for three years and the expectation is that he completes his term and perhaps find other lucrative deals out there.

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