Botswana’s CAF representatives in transfer window dilemma

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The Botswana Football Association (BFA) is seeking FIFA’s guidance on how to facilitate Orapa United and Jwaneng Galaxy’s registration of new players outside the domestic transfer window.

Orapa and Galaxy are looking to strengthen their squads ahead of CAF club assignments. However, Botswana’s transfer window only opens in December with football only set to return early next year.

BFA chief executive officer, Mfolo Mfolo confirmed they had sought the world football governing body’s direction on the matter. “Our transfer window is still set for December to February, but we have enquired with FIFA if there could be a special dispensation for the clubs and we are yet to hear from FIFA,” he told a Botswana weekly, Mmegi Sport.

Galaxy spokesperson Tankiso Morake revealed that they had released three players and were looking to bring in one. The trio of Thato Kebue, Kutlwelo Mpolokang and Karabo Phiri left Galaxy at the end of the season.

Jwaneng Galaxy were declared league champions in May after the 2019/20 season was aborted.

The club’s former goalkeeper Ezekiel Morake is on the verge of rejoining them after a brief spell with South Africa’s TS Galaxy. Although the Botswana champions have started preparations, they are still waiting for their new coach to join the squad.

“We are waiting for the coach and his technical team to assess the squad and inform us if we have the right mix for the CAF competition or not, but we have to find at least two players,” Morake said.

He said the transfer window issue was beyond their control and would wait on the BFA. On the other hand, Orapa coach Mogomotsi ‘Teenage’ Mpote said he was content with the squad he has, only needing two new faces.

He believes his charges, who won the Mascom Top 8 tournament last season, have what it takes to perform in the continental competition.

“I am not worried about the players. We have the right experience with the right energies. My worry is the intensity that we can only get from match practice. We hope the players will be better physically,” Mpote said.

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By FARPost Reporter

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