Uncertainty over the looming Botswana Football Association (BFA) elective congress was finally cleared this week when the Electoral Committee announced 8th of August as a date for the d-day.
The BFA elections were left in limbo since the outbreak of Covid-19 and the subsequent suspension of all football matters.
Briefing the media this week, board chairperson Moemedi Leina said since the elections will be held in the middle of a State of Emergency the elections board will be guided by the Covid 19 Task Force.
He said citizens aged between 30 and 75 years and without any criminal record can begin submitting their names for possible election starting on the 1st to the 12th of June.
Battle for the BFA’s top post promises to be a bare knuckled contest, with four prominent figures already looking set to throw their names into the hat.
Incumbent, Maclean Letshwiti will face stiff competition from former BFA president Tebogo Sebego, politician Boyce Sebetela and former BFA Chief Executive Officer Ookeditse Malesu.
The four potential candidates are already canvasing for votes across regions, and attempting to sway delegates to their sides.
While few have publicly stated their intention to stand for elections, Francistown Regional Football Association Chairperson Maokaneng Bontshetse has long declared his candidature for the Vice President 2 position.
Bontshetse, a shrewd sports administrator is one of the longest serving football servants in the country.
He prides himself as the founder of the Zebras Supporters Club.
Letina has however advised potential candidates that there are certain requirements they must meet in order to be eligible.
He said candidates should be active in football structures and not be insolvent.
“We’re also not going to allow people from other sports codes. The committee will vet from June 22-29 and publish candidates’ names on June 30,” he said.
Letina further said they will then allow for appeals or queries for the next two weeks before publishing the final list on 23rd July.
“During the appeals period, we’ll simultaneously compile and prepare a voters roll. This year there will be no elections in the regions after the General Assembly resolved that regional committees will run for four years, which means their terms ends in 2022,” said Letina.
Meanwhile the association Chief Executive Officer Mfolo Mfolo said their medical team is working round the clock to prepare for the return of football action.
Last week Ministry of Sports approved the resumption of football activities operations for the premier league and first division games from the 1st of June.
Mfolo said the medical team is to submit the final guidelines to the BFA National Executive Committee so that teams can start competitive football.
He said there are certain Covid-19 regulations they need to adhere to.
The league is left with 13 games to complete the season.