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Transfer Mayhem rattles BFA

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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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Selibe Phikwe bowls club faces closure

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Selibe-Phikwe Bowls Club faces a possible collapse, Sun Sports has learnt. This follows the closure of the BCL mine back in 2016, which has seen the club struggle without the supply of electricity and water.

Speaking to this publication this week, the chairperson of Phikwe club Oabona Motladiile said that things have been stagnant since the mine closed doors. “Nothing is happening here, there is no action at all because when the mine closed, it meant there was no one to pay for the water and electricity bills,” Motladiile said.

Motlaadile explained that their grounds are situated at Area 2, a place that the mine paid all bills for, however it has since proved very hard for them to maintain the green that needs constant watering. He said they do not have any alternative facilities to use and have since informed the Phikwe council about their difficulties but still solutions have not been found.

The Phikwe Chairman at the time of going to press said he was not sure of the exact figures they needed on a monthly basis but around 20 000 litres of water and electricity not exceeding P 1 000. He lamented that the Phikwe club is one of the oldest clubs locally and at one point had about 30 members. However, numbers have been dropping because there is no action.

“We are a very competitive club of men and women who make it into the national team,” he said. John Gaborutwe who is the BBA Vice President said that the possible closure of Phikwe Bowls Club was one of the topical issues to be discussed during the BBA Annual General Meeting (AGM) this coming weekend. The affiliates will be expected to vote for a new Vice President, Treasurer and Director of Bowls as the term for the current office bearers expires.

The AGM will be followed by the start of the Rose Bowl tournament. The tournament is the 1st of the 5-series major tournaments for the 2019 season. The remaining tournaments will be held in Francistown, Orapa, Jwaneng and Phikwe respectively. Jwaneng club is the defending champions.

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BFA FIRES BRIGHT

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Allegations coming out of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) are that national football team head coach Major David Bright has been fired as of Tuesday this week. The illustrious veteran tactician took over from Englishman Peter James Butler more than a year ago.

At the helm of the Zebras, Bright struggled to bring home positive results and find winning combinations. Having failed to lead Zebras past the qualifying stages of the 2019 Afcon competition was the first sign of trouble for the veteran coach at Lekidi. Furthermore the experienced tactician was expected to improve Botswana’s position in the FIFA world rankings. The Zebras are currently in the lowly 145th position.

According to sources close to the matter, Bright was handed a termination letter and challenged to show cause why he should not be relieved of his duties at Lekidi. As one of the most decorated coaches in both Botswana and CAF region, Bright has coached numerous teams including South Africa’s Bay United, Gaborone United and Morupule Wonders.

Reached for comment on the matter the BFA president Maclean Letshwiti insisted that the former army man is still in charge of the senior national team. For his part Bright said he could not comment on the matter and referred Sun Sport to the BFA.

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