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The Botswana Football Association (BFA) president Tebogo Sebego has called for the improvement in quality of local club administrators in the effort to take the local league towards professionalism.

Sebego was speaking during a two-day CAF licensing seminar held in Gaborone early this week. The seminar was held to help local clubs comply with CAF license regulations so they can compete in continental tournaments like the Champions league and the Confederations Cup.

“For as long as we keep our quality where it is, we will continue to get the same results, if not worse, when the rest of the Africa and the world move on to prosperity,” he said.Addressing delegates including officials from BFA, Botswana Premier League as well as the media and CAF experts, Sebego said football leadership in Botswana continues to be affected by the quality of club leadership in general.

“This is a great source of worry, for it is from our clubs that we draw the national leadership. We have identified a huge gap in this area, and we have taken a position to come up with programmes that would over a period of time improve the general leadership of our club and hence the national leadership,” Sebego told the delegates.

In addition, Sebego said football cannot go any far with club and national administrators who are not adequately capacitated in areas of leadership and management, as well as   in the simple basics of corporate governance. Sebego emphasized that administrators who come into their structure have to somehow be connected with football.

Meanwhile, Sebego said when he came into office he advocated for the commercialisation of football. “As we pursue what we can refer to as a suitable model or models towards this dream, you would agree with me that commercialisation would never take off on structures that are still firmly founded on volunteerism and amateurism,” he stated.

The BFA president called for the minimum requirements that local clubs should meet. Where requirements are not met, the club should not be licensed and such clubs should be deregistered from our leagues, for they would not only fail to qualify for CAF club competitions, but they would also continue to negatively affect local football’s progress.

“You will recall that when club licensing hit our shores, we went through a consultative process at the end of which we came with the Bosele Declaration in 2008,” he reminded the delegates. Later on Sebego explained that they came up with the Bosele Declaration 2, which did not take them far. “Now we need to introspect and find out why these couldn’t take off.”

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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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