Africa Safari dilemma for Botswana FA

Share

After over a year without football, the Botswana Football Association [BFA] now needs to make a determination on who will represent the country in the next edition of Caf competitions.

The Botswana League was halted early last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and football’s return in the diamond-rich nation continues to be shrouded in uncertainty.

Ordinarily, the League champions and Cup winners would represent the country in Caf competitions.

However, the BFA has said it is yet to decide on how to pick clubs to play in the African interclub competitions.

The Association this week assured football stakeholders that the country would have a representative in the competitions.

But after more than a year-long on the sidelines and with their mainstream financial sources cut, the BFA warned clubs keen on going to Africa that they need to have the financial muscle.

BFA spokesperson Tumo Mpatane said the clubs would only be assisted with the P75,000 [R97000] international tournament grant from the Botswana National Sport Commission.

“We are still making a determination on the matter and will share with the public once same has been finalised.

“The requirement as per club licensing is that the applicant should be financially sound and nothing has changed. Clubs have been assisted in the past including through the BNSC grant, which hopefully will also apply,” Mpatane told Mmegi.

Last year, Jwaneng Galaxy and Orapa United took part in the Caf Champions League and Caf Confederation Cup respectively but made early exits.

Galaxy was knocked out of the Champions League second round before they were eliminated from the second-tier tournament at the same stage. Orapa fell off in the first round of the Confederation Cup.

RELATED STORY: Jwaneng Galaxy crowned champions as Botswana void season

By FARPost Reporter

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *