Monday, October 26, 2020

BPL on the path to professionalism

Botswana Premier League (BPL)’s engagement with clubs on a transformation road map to professionalize clubs is said to be on the right track.

The transformation drive is part of a larger vision to professionalize and give autonomy to the BPL.

According to Botswana Football Association (BFA) general manager, Monnakgotla Mojaki, the vision of the BPL and association to professionalize the premier league is a good one.

An optimistic Mojaki says the idea and hope is that the exercise will turn around things for local football and the BPL in particular.

“Everything is going well. Clubs have shown they want to do things right and that they want to improve how they have been doing things,” he says.

When asked on how teams are taking on the initiative, Mojaki says ‘every team has responded differently but the overall idea is to change for the better.’

“In terms of the first part where we were engaging clubs we are done. We are now going into the second phase of checking exactly what our clubs have done since the first phase,” Mojaki says.

According to the BFA General Manager Football Operations, the BPL teams have different models and challenges they face in the professionalization drive.

As such, he says the BFA will be walking side by side with each individual club to offer expert assistance according to each individual’s needs. 

“Teams have already submitted audit forms that will assist in true interpretation of how far they are and have come. They continue to make enquiries where it looks tricky,” he explains.

“This roadmap is not a witch-hunt so teams will know how far they are as the scoring will be done by both of us, and them in a more of a self-assessment way,” he says.

On how long the process will take, Mojaki says the projection is that it will take almost a year. 

The projections were made taking into consideration that clubs are at different levels and have diverse challenges which overcoming them will be being different as well. 

“Some may take less time while others need a little bit more of time. However, the idea is for the collective to be at the Promised Land together,” he says.

Mojaki says ‘at least all the fifteen premier league teams we visited are very optimistic about this, and we are hopeful that this will make strides in the football fraternity.’

Meanwhile, the BFA General Manager of Football Operations says the consultancy agency engaged to drive the club professionalization has advised that they work hand in hand with teams to assist them to professionalise.

This is a great departure from the failed initial processes of 2008 and 2012 where the whole process was just left to clubs to do alone.

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