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Letshwiti takes a jab at Govt.

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President of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) Mclean Letshwiti has lashed at government for assuming that the country can do without the global football controlling body, FIFA. “Projects like the one we are witnessing today signify the importance of being a FIFA member. I have always heard people say what is the use of being a FIFA member? We can do this thing, stop being a FIFA member because there are no benefits,” said BFA president. FIFA financed BFA to construct a pitch with natural turf some years ago.

The government and BFA had been battling for the soul of football in the land with each citing its position.“These are the benefits of being FIFA member in good standing”. “All you have to do if you are smart enough as an association is to think and leave the rest to FIFA. There is a lot of assistance that we can access but we have to behave as a member”, said a confident Letshwiti. BFA had previously used another FIFA grant to construct a natural turf during David Fani`s era. The new project is called FIFA forward, which was introduced to empower member associations.

BFA is said to have committed the entire FIFA projects to youth development at the cost of P7 million, including establishing grassroots programmes across the country. Letshwiti said there is a lot of money at the international football governing body.The association has been challenged when it comes to organising and hosting national team camps. Letshwiti was giving a project overview at the ground breaking of the newly FIFA-funded project to reconstruct lawn at Lekidi. “There are significant benefits of being a member of the FIFA family. We should be proud of being a FIFA member”, said Letshwiti.

New BFA CEO Mfolo Mfolo interacted with the media for the first time since his appointment. “As head of the secretariat my main objective will be to drive the strategy and whatever we do must be guided by the strategy. We used to have a pitch that side but when you go there I don’t know whether it’s a desert or what? The contractor is said to have constructed eight similar pitches in Benin”.

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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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