Despite concerted efforts to have local football professionalised, it appears this will remain a pipe dream for years to come.
Authorities tasked with running football seem to be taking things for granted.
On Saturday, there was a General Assembly for the Premier League meeting where certain resolutions were supposed to be adopted to take the football to another level. But nothing was achieved because the audited financial results were delivered on the day of the assembly and there weren’t even minutes from the previous assembly.
Many teams called for the adjournment of the assembly because they needed time to read the financial results.
Now this coming weekend there will be a general assembly for the Botswana Football Association (BFA) where sparks are expected to fly, just like in the Premier League.
The BFA will hand out reports to the assembly, including the financial report. There will be constitutional amendments and motions.
The assembly might even do away with the controversial fines for individual players.
Yellow cards are carrying a penalty of P50 while the red card is P100 and teams say they are high.
However, the controversial motion likely to be tabled is of the reduction of the Premier League teams from 16 to 12. The motion was also defeated in 2005 when most regions lambasted the then administration of Dikgang ‘Philip’ Makgalemela for double standards because when he was campaigning he was calling for the increment of teams.
The 2007 Bosele Declaration in Phikwe on the other hand resorted to once again reduce the number of teams to eventually lead to professionalism. But information reaching Sunday Standard is that most regions are against the idea mainly because lower leagues are in shambles.
The President of the BFA, David Fani, told Sunday Standard that it is up to the regions to decide on the motion.
He however added that the scientific points put forward for the reduction of teams are valid.
“Reduction of teams would definitely lead to professionalism and that would enhance competition that would take the league to another level,” he said. The fierce criticism the BFA may face is the alienation of the regions from day to day running of football despite the important role they play. BFA might also find themselves having to explain once more why the national youth teams would not be participating in international competitions this year.
The national teams could not be registered with the Confederation of African Football because the deadline elapsed before the BFA became aware.
The BFA has since put the blame on the suspended Chief Executive Officer Mooketsi ‘Tosh’ Kgotlele.
Kgotlele has exonerated himself, saying the onus was on the BFA since he was suspended before the deadline elapsed.
The non participation of youth teams means the talent that was going to be identified has gone to waste. Several Botswana players plying their trade in the South African Premier League were spotted in the youth teams.