The Botswana government has become the second country within the Southern Africa region to offer financial relief to sports athletes who are struggling to make ends meet during these difficult times.
The Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture Development in the country, Tumiso Rakgare offered the relief subsidy to professional footballers who ply their trade in the two uppermost leagues, for April, May and June.
The relief is a way of cushioning them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have decided to give each of the 25 players in each one of the 16 teams in the elite league an amount of P2 500 (R3 800) per month, together with the technical and administration staff,” announced Rakgare.
For the First Division teams, the government will give each player in all the 24 teams P1 500 (R2 300), including all the technical and administration team members.
“Our aim was to cushion the teams from plunging further into financial disparity and since we have helped 25 of their playing staff, the teams will have to meet us half way by helping the foreigners,” he added
The Botswana League has also been put on hold since the beginning of March due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and nothing has been said yet regarding the restart.
The Government has also warned clubs not to neglect their contractual obligations and continue offering players whatever they are obliged to, only if they can.
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