Monday, September 20, 2021

Premier league teams falling short of CAF regulations

Botswana Premier teams are failing to comply with the mandatory financial obligations set by Confederation of African Football (CAF) which is the administrative and controlling body for African association football. This was revealed by the Assistant Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Phillip Makgalemele when answering a question from Member of Parliament for Gaborone North, Haskins Nkaigwa.

Nkaigwa had asked the minister which teams have been audited for the past 5 years and what were the findings. “All the premier league teams were audited during the just ended 2018/2019 season as part of the club licensing requirements. Out of the sixteen (16) teams only 5 were fully complaint,” Makgalemele answered.

He said the five clubs that have done their books according to prescribed regulations were Jwaneng Galaxy, Orapa United, Police XI, Security Systems and Township Rollers.

Makgalemele revealed to parliament that the rest of the eleven teams that did not audit their accounts were given provisional license while they were in the process of putting their books in order. Premier league clubs are all expected to submit audited books before the start of every season.

Nkaigwa’s point of contention was that teams default and fail to comply with CAF regulations because government does not appear to have interest in financially assisting teams to meet the set rules.

The objectives of club licensing is to ensure that a club has adequate levels of management and organisation. It also seeks to protect the integrity and smooth running of the domestic club competitions and improve the economic and financial capability of the clubs while increasing their transparency and credibility.

Premier league clubs are expected to operate on the basis of their own revenues and to be responsible in spending for the long-term benefit of the club.

Nkaigwa had also asked Makgalemele to state the names of the sponsors whose sources of funds have been audited for the past five years.

“The BFA does not audit the sources of the funds for sponsors of football, due diligence is done before an agreement with sponsor is confirmed. Individual teams are also expected to do the same,” said Makgalemele.

He also said his ministry is also concerned that there are limited number of sponsors in Botswana football. He pleaded with his parliamentary colleagues to mobilise the business community to come forward and partner with football.

Commenting on the matter, Gabane/Mmankgodi MP, Pius Mokgware said there is need to guard against dirty money in the local football. The MPs in their debates were concerned that some teams might get sponsorships from money accrued from money laundering activities.

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