Saturday, July 31, 2021

Clubs cautioned to expedite player registration to avoid last minute rush

Botswana Premier League (BPL) has issued a caution to BTC Premiership clubs to register players competing in the upcoming 2018/19 season as only fifteen days are left before the transfer window closes. Since the players transfer window opened on the 1st June 2018, it has emerged that none of the BTC Premiership clubs have to date registered players to compete in the upcoming season.

Speaking to The Telegraph, BPL Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Thabo Ntshinogang confirmed that with just fifteen days before the transfer window closure, they are concerned that clubs are reluctant to register players for next season. Ntshinogang said the drag in registration might lead to flood registration ahead of transfer closure; a factor he says will put his office under pressure while at the same time preparing other logistics ahead of the upcoming season.

“Since the window opened we have not registered any player in our office and it worries us since we hear of clubs signing new players. Our clubs continue to register players late which at times becomes a challenge for the office to cope with mass registration,” said Ntshinogang. He said it is important to register players early in the system so that they could be able to deal with other logistics of the league.

“Late registration affects a lot of logistics in preparations of the league. This is the time when the BPL office seeks to prepare all aspects of the season ahead and if clubs register late then it will force us to focus on registrations while other logistics suffer,” Ntshinogang told The Telegraph.

Meanwhile Jwaneng Galaxy has signed former Highlands Park midfielder Lebogang Ditsile and Zebras winger Karabo Phiri from Gaborone United while Rollers roped in pintsized former Extension Gunners midfielder Mothusi Cooper.

Despite some clubs recruiting and contracting players, they have been warned that late registration may lead to unforeseen circumstances.

Lack of activity in the transfer window is a cause of concern for the Botswana Premier League (BPL).

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