Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Sports

BFA to the rescue

BFA to the rescue
PREMIER LEAGUE ACTION: Township Rollers and Gilbert Lions during a previous fixture

Association bails out 8 BPL teams

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) has thrown eight Premier League teams a lifeline in the form of P40, 000 loans.

The bailouts, dispatched earlier this week, are to help the financially struggling sides cover outstanding payments for their players’ April salaries.

The beneficiaries include: Extension Gunners, TAFIC, Miscellaneous, Prisons XI, Mahalapye Railways, Notwane, Gilport Lions and Molepolole City Stars.

Before the BFA stepped in, their had been rising panic amongst the teams after some of their players were reportedly threatened with eviction over unpaid rentals.

The normally cash-strapped association were in a position to help after receiving a US$500, 000 (P5 million) Operational Fund from FIFA.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

It proved to be a timely intervention.

Speaking to Voice Sport on Thursday, BFA Vice President, Marshlow Motlogelwa explained FIFA – the sport’s global governing body – had released the operational funding due to member associations for the years 2019/2020.

BFA to the rescue
HELPING HAND: Motlogelwa

It is the first step of FIFA’s Relief Plan to assist the football community impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Motlogelwa further explained that under normal circumstances they would only have received the full donation upon fulfillment of specific criteria.

However, because of the disruption caused by Covid-19, all 211 FIFA affiliated associations received the entire amount.

“The money will be used to mitigate the financial impact of Covid-19 on the associations to meet financial or operational obligations that we have. The association also has employees that need to be paid their salaries and take care of other bills,” declared the BFA’s second in command.

“We decided to take part of the money to assist some clubs through BPL. We understand that most of our teams do not have sponsors and they rely on selling merchandise and gate takings. Now that football activities have been suspended for over a month, they are struggling financially,” continued Motlogelwa, adding in total the bFA gad sent the Premier League P320, 000 to cover the eight teams.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

He revealed they are still waiting for the Relief Fund from FIFA to help clubs directly, adding they expect to receive the monies – although he did not disclose how much – by the end of the week.

Additionally, the VP said they have also submitted their budget for the Government Relief Fund but are yet to hear back from the Minister of Sports.

On the issue of Covid-19 subsidies, Motlogelwa said BFA submitted clubs’ payroll but it was disappointing that most of the teams did not comply.

“Players do not pay as they earn because teams are failing to pay their full monthly salaries and some have arrears which makes it difficult to pay tax. Some teams did not even pay their annual subscriptions to Registrar of Society and can be de-registered at any time and thus would automatically lose their BFA affiliation!” warned Motlogelwa, adding this could potentially return to haunt the offending clubs once Coronavirus is finally banished.

‘This is likely to backfire because Botswana Unified Revenue Services now have teams’ database and they will make follow-ups after Covid. Some of our teams do not comply which will end up affecting players and we have always warned them. This pandemic will expose them,’ he predicted darkly.

As for a possible return to league action, Motlogelwa admitted the unpredictable and unprecedented nature of the pandemic has made it difficult to plan for such.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

However, if things go well, he revealed they are considering letting teams resume training for the first three weeks of June with fixtures commencing in the fourth week.

He added it would mean next season starting in January and ending in December.

For the country’s football starved fans, following the famine of April, a feast could be on the horizon!

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

You May Also Like

News

*76 year old man says his 71 year old wife cannot be trusted *Questions surround their marriage under Community of Property

News

Family fallout over land sold to bury father When Maun-based businessman, Balothanye Pelaelo died from Covid-19 complications on 9 August last year, he left...

News

A Headman of Records at Mokgenene village is accused of indecently assaulting his girlfriend by tearing off her undergarment in the presence of the...

News

Court frees defilement convict who did not know the girl’s age It cannot be defilement if you did not know age’- High Court Five...

News

Maun businessman, Daniel Pretorious of Beef Boys Meat Market, last week appeared in court suspected of buying stolen cattle. Testifying in court on Tuesday,...

News

*How Covid-19 widows found healing in collective grief *Support group transforms sorrow into solidarity Since the advent of the pandemic, 2 534 deaths have...

News

Molepolole Police are investigating a rape case in which a man allegedly raped a mentally disturbed man at Palamaokue ward in Lentsweletau village. Confirming...

News

Police in Thamaga are worried by the increasing cases of fraudsters and swindlers impersonating public servants. According  to Deputy Station Commander, Busang  Malope, they ...

News

A 30-year-old Tonota man looking for a donkey has made an ass out of himself after allegedly threatening to kill his mother when she...

News

Minister Mokgethi breaks the silence Last year, the Minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs, Annah Mokgethi, made news headlines for failing to account...

News

GBV and divorce discussed in detail to find old solution to new problem Although the idea of an annual ‘Men’s Conference’ is widely seen...

News

Family of drowned Moshupa children dismiss talk of the supernatural With widespread speculation of the supernatural doing the rounds in Moshupa, rumours pounced upon...

Business

Sourcing epic content for UPICtv This week’s Boss is Mahatma Ramoloko, a Content Sourcing Specialist at UPICtv, an online video service established in October...

Politics

ARE YOU HAPPY WITH DEVELOPMENTS IN YOUR AREA SO FAR? Two years and two months after the general elections, some Members of Parliament, especially...

News

Competition Authority approves partial BCL acquisition The Competition and Consumer Authority (CCA) this week unconditionally approved the acquisition of certain assets belonging to BCL...

News

*Husband paid outstanding P8.05 loan clearance to get Tittle Deed *Wife says she didn’t keep receipts during 40 year marriage

Advertisement

Copyright © TheVoiceBW. (Since1993) made with ❤️ in Botswana.