Saturday, May 15, 2021

Football league season called off

The Covid-19 disruptions in sport have forced the elite league to chalk off the 2020/21 season. 

This was confirmed by Botswana Football League task team member and Gaborone United Sporting Club financier Nicolas Zakhem. 

“The 2020/2021 season won’t take place. The league is targeting first week of August to start the 2021/2022 season” Zakhem told Sunday Standard Sport. 

Botswana Football Association national executive committee (BFA NEC) in March 2020 decided to stop football activities to avoid players and officials contracting the Covid virus.  

The stoppage of football activities across the country, which has now been in effect for more than a year, has triggered fierce debate. The elite league was stopped with ten more games remaining. 

This led to the NEC awarding the championship to Jwaneng Galaxy which was leading the log by the time the season was stopped. The decision was seen as unfair. 

Zakhem told this publication that the BFL is expected to start pre-season in June provided the health officials and allows it. 

In July they expect to finish the Orange FA cup which was in the quarter final stage. The semi and finals are also expected to be played in the month of July. 

It is reported the ORANGE Botswana the company sponsoring the FA refused when the BFA told them that they want to cancel the FA cup but wanted it to be played to the finish. 

Member of Parliament (MP) for Serowe North constituency, Baratiwa Mathoothe, in an interview, condemned the football officials for failing to come up with protocols to start football activities. 

“BFA NEC should come up with Covid-19 protocol proposals on how they intend to start the football activities so that they can be incorporated in national protocols” advised the legislator. 

He recommended that the BFA NEC must be proactive to avoid killing football further. 

“Currently there is no development because there are no activities the selection of the national team will be based on known players who are not playing anywhere. There must be football activities in order for development to take place so that emerging players can be noticed and given chance to play in national teams.”

The Serowe-based Miscellaneous football club supporter castigated BFA officials and government for killing sport by suspending sports indefinitely. 

“By the time the sporting activities are going to resume sport would have died long time back,” observed Mathoothe.

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