Saturday, July 11, 2020

Financial doldrums tweak Zebras selection

BY GODFREY MOWANENG

As the Zebras brace for a rivalry COSAFA cup encounter against neighbouring South Africa’s national team Bafana Bafana, rumours are flying thick and fast that the team selection is compromised by the poor remuneration system for players’ appearance allowances.

Information reaching the Sunday Standard indicates that the Botswana Football Association’s (BFA) failure to pay players is allegedly forcing for some senior players to be snubbed for national team duty.

It is said that while the local football mother body is struggling to pay players allowance in time, the predicament ostensibly forces the technical team to select players without merit to avoid indebted players to demand outstanding payments.

“The situation at the Zebras camp is unpleasant due to financial instability to pay players allowances. If you look closely into the Zebras squad, there have been a lot of changes and new faces. In this case majority of the players are not owed ballooned outstanding allowances by the BFA hence little concerns of boycott by players demanding outstanding allowances,” a source revealed to the Sunday Standard.

In the past campaign of the COSAFA championship in 2017, Zebras arrived late at the tournament after players’ refusal to compete demanding outstanding dues that were reportedly dating back to 2012. From the side that competed in the 2017 edition, only four players have survived the snub and these are the likes of Joel Mogorosi, Lebogang Ditsile, Mosha Gaolaolwe and Segolame Boy.

It is also said that playing for the national team is not a priority for some players these days especially for those that have played a part in the past for the nation.

“There is serious need for introspection at the BFA soon as things are getting worse for the national team. It has come to a point where players seek excuses to be dropped from national team call ups because they believe there is nothing to play for. Unlike in the past when playing for the country was pride for the nation, now players want to put something in the table but the system is failing to do so,” a source revealed.

However, the BFA chief executive officer (CEO) Mfolo Mfolo rubbished the claims narrating that the association has even paid players more than their expected allowances. “We don’t owe any player and have paid them more after the president sourced funds as windfalls for their past exceptional performance.”

With regards to the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) allowances the latest submission this week is that we are processing payment for the past three games. I cannot comment anything technical as it is not fall in my scope,” Mfolo told Sunday Standard.

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