Thursday, August 6, 2020

BFA still looking for elective assembly venue

Botswana Football Association (BFA) leadership is yet to decide the venue for the upcoming elective assembly. 

The BFA mouthpiece, Tumo Mpatane said they are yet to decide on the venue and relevant people will be told in due course. Asked where the assembly will be staged, he said, “the venue can be anywhere within Botswana. They are yet to decide the venue. It can be anywhere.”  

He further said the BFA is working on the logistics and they are on top of their game in terms of preparations.  

Article 28.1 The General Secretary shall draw up the agenda based om proposals from the NEC and the Members. Any proposal that a member wishes to submit to the General Assembly shall be sent to the general secretariat in writing, with a brief explanation ,no less than ten (10) calendar days before the General Assembly and must be included in the Agenda.

There are rumors that the BFA is eyeing to stage the assembly either at Selibe Phikwe or Maun to host the historic event. Mpatane was not committal as to where exactly the gathering will be held. 

“Preparations are ongoing however, BFA cannot put out a possible venue for the General Assembly at the moment. Anywhere across the country is considered as an option. As per the constitution, BFA will communicate with the relevant parties seven days prior to the general assembly about the location,” Mpatane noted.

Candidates sense that the delay is not good on their side as they too are expected to plan and book accommodation. “Those who are in leadership are using inside information to organise themselves better. As for us who are outside, we are going to be caught off guard. The BFA is booking accommodation for the whole NEC but as for those who are candidates and are outside the NEC, they will have to fend for themselves,” said the frustrated candidates. 

They suspect dirty games in releasing information as to where the assembly will be staged. “This time of Covid-19 BFA could have long told us where the venue will and we had to see if it will be possible to abide by the covid19 regulations. We are all expected to do social distancing,” said the delegates. 

The elective assembly is expected to usher in office bearers who will be at the helm of the troubled BFA for four years. 

The electoral college of the BFA comprise of two delegates from each of the sixteen regions, two delegates from women football, four from each national First division leagues (North and South) and 16 from the premier league. Three men will be battle for the leadership of the association. They are BFA president Mclean Letshwiti, past immediate BFA leader, Tebogo Sebego and Ookeditse Malesu. 

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