Botswana Football Association (BFA) Chief Executive Officer, Mfolo Mfolo says differences between them and one of the finest defenders of this country, Mosha (Fanta) Gaolaolwe have amicably been resolved.
Allegations making rounds suggested that Gaolaolwe has been in BFA’s bad books because he (Gaolaolwe) had misbehaved during the Botswana 2018 independence game against Namibia.
Sources at BFA told Sun Sport that BFA accused the player of verbally abusing the association president Maclean Letshwiti and allegedly influenced other players to strike over unpaid allowances.
The BFA this past week is said to have summoned Gaolaolwe to Lekidi offices together with his club (Township Rollers) team manager, Motshegetsi Mafa. However, details of what was discussed behind closed doors remain unknown.
When reached, Mfolo, who was present at the said meeting, explained that he could not go into details about what was discussed with the player but said the matter was now water under the bridge. He would then add that all national team players must subscribe to the national team code of conduct.
The BFA CEO went on to explain that their players are still young and once in a while when they are out of line, it is within the rights of BFA to sit them down and restore order. “When these players meet others in groups, sinister mob issues crop up,” he said.
Mfolo explained that when one is a national team player, they need to keep check of what is right and wrong because they are now in the limelight and exposed to international sphere unlike at club level.
Quizzed on whether he was admitting that Gaolaolwe had at one point misbehaved, Mfolo said that he was not linking the player to whatever allegations were being made. Meanwhile, allegations suggested that it was under these circumstances that Gaolaolwe found himself left out of the national squad when Botswana played Angola and Seychelles recently.
“A lot of things go into picking a line up for the national team, the coach does not only look at performance but I believe he used a holistic approach to the matter. We had no influence or whatsoever in his decision nor ever victimized Gaolaolwe for any crime committed,” Mfolo said.
Gaolaolwe, when contacted, said he was in no position to speak to the media about the matter. Meanwhile, Gaolaolwe is expected to join South African based side of TS Galaxy in June. The player’s transfer failed to materialize early this year.
Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19
Botswana Hockey Association (BHA) President Unaswi Matebu has confessed that her Association will suffer major financial losses post the Covid 19 pandemic that has left the sport fraternity at a standstill.
Matebu recently told this publication that the current situation does not only have tremendous effects on their schedule, but also there will be financial implications more especially that the association does not have full time sponsors.
“We had to cancel most of our calendar activities such as tournaments, national team trainings, Board meetings, and club activities since mid-March this year, all of which have cost us money to prepare for,” Matebu remarked in an interview.
Additionally she said the planning phase for their 5-year Development Plan which was supposed to be launched in June will have to be postponed. Also there are national competitions that were postponed till further notice despite them having already set up teams and having already started preparing.
“Our Indoor Hockey Senior National teams had already started preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations – a World Cup qualifier – that was supposed to be held in June, 2020, in South Africa. Our Field Hockey Senior National teams had already begun preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that were supposed to be held in August, 2020 in Zimbabwe,” she added.
Moreover, it was going to be an excessively detailed and decorated year for local hockey governing body, with the Youth National teams having already began preparations for the Africa Youth Championships that were billed for September, 2020, in Ghana.
“Player conditioning has obviously been affected because athletes are currently not training as planned and what we had achieved so far might go to waste. We are only hoping that the Continental and World Hockey governing bodies will give us enough time to prepare for these competitions post the pandemic.”
BFA will not declare the season null and void – yet
Amidst wide spreading fears that Botswana’s top flight league might be canceled and considered null and void because of the crippling Covid-19 pandemic, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) has yet to make a determination on the matter and has in fact ruled out scrapping off the season altogether.
Local football observers and pundits alike have already started talking of the possibilities after similar considerations of nullifying their seasons were made in the leagues of other countries especially in Europe. No football activity has taken place in the country since social distancing measures were imposed to avoid the spread of the corona virus.
Local football pundit Fabian Zulu is one of those who believe there is a likelihood the football season will be nullified. “If the current situation persists, then there is a high possibility of declaring the league null and void. This situation wasn’t planned, no one knew that by now we would be facing this kind of situation; so the possibility is very high.
However, in an interview this week, BFA spokesperson Tumo Mpatane said the association has not considered canceling and nullifying the season as an option yet, adding that “currently we are observing a period of extreme social distancing, the ministry of health and wellness will obviously give advice on the possibility of getting back to football.”
Consequently the BFA still awaits the Ministry to declare that the risks of spreading the virus are reduced and come up with a contingency plan. “If the ministry says there is a reduced health risk we will play out the season; if they advise against it we will then see what steps to take. The health of our players is more important and we will be guided by the responsive authorities,” Mpatane remarked.
However, suspension or cancellation of the leagues across the world seems inevitable even as some European leagues, more specifically the English Premier League, are now contemplating a behind-closed-doors campaign to finish off the remaining matches.