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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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FIRE POWER: Galaxy await Rollers

It is only the third week of the 2018/19 BTC Premiership and things are already heating up. Leading the charge is a marauding Jwaneng Galaxy who have already thrown a heavy-handed gauntlet at their rivals after recording a highly impressive 10 goals in just two games.

Galaxy’s intention has been made clear this season after leaving their first two opponents with bloody noses and tails tucked between their legs. The former Mascom Top 8 champions are in a relentless war path with the premier league title on their radar. This weekend, Galaxy host bitter rivals Township Rollers in Jwaneng in what is expected to be a football grudge match. Rollers have been a prickly thorn in Galaxy’s quest to claim the premiership silverware for the past two seasons.

This means the weekend fixture will be the most compelling of the new season. However, Galaxy seem to be packing more heat coming into the Saturday fixture having annihilated both Prisons XI (5-0) and Security Systems (5-0). Galaxy are currently occupying first position alongside second place Sharps Shooting Stars at six points apeice. The game against Popa this weekend will be a litmus test for Galaxy. If the Debswana backed side beats the reigning champions they will establish themselves as potential contenders for the 2018/19 title honours. On the flipside, a loss against Rollers will only mean the first two games were short of a bluff.

Pound for pound Mapalastina have the best squad in the domestic league but a new look Galaxy are well endowed in their own right. In an interview this week, Galaxy spokesperson Tankiso Morake said they played Rollers three times last season and all the games ended in a draw. “Remember we played Rollers in the Mascom Top 8 in Lobatse,” an up-beat Morake said. Morake further said they expected their new coach to receive his permits and start manning the bench when they play Rollers this weekend. “Our supporters have told us that they expected nothing less than league honours this season.” Morake attributes the positive result to a great pre-season.

“You will remember that there was a fake list in the media indicating that we have parted ways with most of our players. You can see that the likes of Ayanda Molefe and Isaac Paeye are still part of the team. There is a lot of competition in our team because we mostly have young players in the team including Lebogang Ditsile who played at Highlands Park in South Africa.” Furthermore, Morake conceded that Rollers are a strong team but argued that they will win the games from the technical bench. “You will remember that we started the last season back tracking but this time things are different.”

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Bridge team fails to impress

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The local team comprised of under 16, under 21 and under 26 categories. In an interview this week, BBF spokesperson Mbakiso Malilo did not mince his words when he described the team’s performance as terrible with all the three teams failing to qualify for the quarter finals.

“Making it to the quarter finals was our target following a good showing in the online championship by our junior team. I believe we can work on improving the playing standard for kids (under 16) as they still stand a chance to compete in the under 21 and under 26 categories for future championships,” he said.

However, Malilo explained that the local youth team gained a lot of experience as the played against more advanced rivals. Quizzed on challenges they faced with a predominantly youthful team, Malilo said: “the trip was too long and for most of the players this was their first experienced of travelling such a great distance. The jet lag ended up affecting the team’s performance as they showed signs of fatigue.” Malilo said their objective was to train young players and give them exposure to the game early on.

“We managed to network with bridge power houses like the Netherlands. Official from the European country expressed interest in training our kids through bridge clinics and enhancing the standard of play and bidding.” Malilo said they selected the junior team that travelled to China through local tournament that was held in Gaborone earlier this year. The tournament was attend by mostly tertiary school students and out of school youth in the junior and youngsters’ category. For the under 16 category we invited student from secondary schools.

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