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City of Francistown get ready for Mali

FRANCISTOWN: The Zebras supporters eagerly await a David versus Goliath clash in the form of the national team taking on the mighty Les Aigles of Mali at the Francistown Sport Complex on Saturday.

In random interviews around town, the supporters believe the Francistown stadium is a fortress that will always yield positives for the Zebras. “This is not just a common stadium.  It is blessed by the great God of Bakalanga.   ‘Ke stadium sa ga Ngwale’. If Mali is a mountain we are going to climb it.  Since the beginning of the week we have been dressing for the Zebras, and we will be dressed like this until after the game.  I predict a 2-1 win,” said Kabelo Tanyala, a combi driver.

Mbakiso Star, 23, and Keorapetse Makhokhoba, 22, both hawkers said they had just been discussing the game and secured tickets for the weekend encounter. Star said he wishes Segolame Boy comes in for Hendrick Moyo.  “If the coach could introduce Boy alongside Tsotso, then we will have no doubts in our attack. Boy has a magic touch and he can finish calmly.

Of course Moyo is a great player, but he is too wasteful.  Maybe if he comes in as a sub, he will score.  I predicted a 1-0 against Burkina Faso, I also predict the same for this game,” he said. However, another supporter, John Tabojosi, 26, has more faith in Peter Butler’s charges.

“That team will take us far.  I trust our coach’s strategies and our best 11. Moyo is our key player whether he scores or not he must start.

“We might have lost to Mali previously, but that was then. This is a different ball game altogether; different strategies, different players and different stadium. We are going to shock Mali 3-0.  10 am Saturday I am getting in the stadium.   I will have my lunch there, teams will find me,” said an excited Tabojosi.

Forty—five-year-old street Vendor, Galentlogele Tshola said: “I want to go there and do business. I have picked a ‘No’ on two occasions, but I will try my luck again”.

“It’s not a problem if I miss out I have my ticket ready and I want to see my heroes.  I want to see Ditsile (Lebogang). That boy plays good football.  He is my best player,” she said. Meanwhile, 26-year-old Portia Rasebopeng, a hawker selling Zebras regalia, said she has been experiencing good sales since Monday. “I have been selling here for over a month now, but since Monday I have had good sales. People are buying and T-shirts are the most sought-after items. I sell everything from wigs, bands, sunglasses, flags, chitenges and a lot more.

“On Saturday I won’t be selling.  It’s Zebras business and I will be watching the game. We are going to win 3-0,” she predicted.

source: Mmegi

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Registration of a company-Botswana Football League

Following various resolutions by the Botswana Football Association [BFA] -National Executive Committee to grant the elite league autonomy the move has since begun.

The Botswana Premier League also has always advocated for their autonomy and this comes at a time when the move for a commercial wing of the elite league is a must do.

Different football General Assemblies have also reiterated the need for the Botswana premier League to be independent from BFA.

The journey to make that a reality has begun with the help of different stakeholders. The FIFA professional department has been holding the BFA’s hand to achieve the desired goals.

BFA has since appointed a Transformation and Sponsorship Committee to implement the transformation of the elite league.

We are happy to announce that Botswana Football League (Pty) Ltd is registered with CIPA.

The company [Botswana Football league – BFL] will have all 16 premier league clubs as shareholders, and it will be a stand-alone company which will run their errands independently from the BFA. The BFL will only be a special member of the federation [BFA] as per FIFA standards and guidance.

The company will re-brand the elite league and make it a more viable property to entice partnerships that will see value in their investment by associating with this business entity.

A new dawn begins. The days of the premier league running as a society are over. These are exciting times and it can only be hoped that all stakeholders will be happy for this new beginning.

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