Botswana football nears return after over 450 days

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After over 450 days of no football action, Botswana soccer clubs return to action soon after government lifted the ban on sport.

Although there is no set date, the Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Tumiso Rakgare on Wednesday confirmed competitive sport had been given the greenlight while recreational activities remain suspended.

“A decision was made last week in cabinet that sport should return. It could be today or tomorrow. This is only for competitive sport. Recreational sport remains suspended,” Rakgare said.

Former Botswana Football Association [BFA] CEO Mfolo Mfolo says the return of football will be a challenge, but advised administrators to start with higher leagues and observe how the situation unfolds.

“Time limit of four weeks in between. More importantly the youth Leagues must start because that is our foundation of development. I hope they were part of the return to play proposal submitted to MYSC.

Jwaneng Galaxy were declared League champions for the first time after football activities were put on ice due to Covid-19 

“BFL [Botswana Football League] must be the pacesetter. It is like that all over the world. Business still needs visibility especially during this time of COVID-19.

“Therefore it is an opportunity for BFL to bring sponsors on board through television broadcast. That is the only way to make money since there will be no spectators,” Mfolo said.

BFA decided to temporarily suspend all of the country’s football activities due to the coronavirus outbreak last year in March.

The BFA stressed, at the time, that they took the wellbeing of all their stakeholders seriously.

Meanwhile, the Zebras continue to prepare for next month’s Cosafa Cup under the watchful eye of Belgian coach Adel Amrouche.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

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