Botswana Premier League (BPL) board’s new benchmarking fetish will see them travel to Spain for a look in at the Spanish La Liga.
Just a few weeks after returning from a benchmarking exercise with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) in South Africa, it will be passports out again when a team of seven BPL board members jet out to Spain on 13th of this month (April) for what is said to be a three day exchange programme with La Liga.
Accompanying the BPL board members will be BPL Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Thabo Ntshinogang and Botswana Football Association (BFA) CEO Mfolo Mfolo.
The BPL board members that will go to Madrid include Clifford Mogomotsi from Mochudi Centre Chiefs , Jagdish Shah (Township Rollers), Solomon Mantswe (Police X1), Isaac Chilisa (Sharps Shooting Stars),Njabulo Gilika (Jwaneng Galaxy),Lenamile Letsogile (Security Systems) and Bruce Therego (BDF X1).
BPL board’s incessant penchant for benchmarking has already set tongues wagging, with many within football circles asking when whether the benefits of such will ever show.
“We have benchmarked in South Africa not so long ago. Could we not start implementing the wisdom we attained there before further benches?” one local sport journalist asked rhetorically in a social media post. “After attaining something close to the South African league divisions, then can we think of Spain and others,” he continued.
The same sentiments were echoed by another journalist who said the BPL has to try and implement what they have learnt rather than continue benchmarking without implementing.
“You cannot keep benchmarking endlessly, they have done it in South Africa in the past and nothing has come out of it. In fact, there are worrying signs of decline in some areas where the game should be improving like ticketing as an example,” he said.
“Learning alone without application will remain a futile exercise. Learning has to end at some point and implementation start at a certain point,” he added.
Addressing the media on the issue earlier this past week, BPL Chairman Jagdish Shah said “The fundamental for us to go is in addition to that we want to benchmark what is happening at La Liga as compared to the BPL.”
He said as per the memorandum of agreement signed with La Liga to have an exchange programme, upon arrival in Spain, they will have a meeting with the La Liga officials to appreciate how they run their league.
Shah said they have undertaken a benchmarking exercise with PSL and have learnt so much from there and they hope working with La Liga will gain them more knowledge.