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BFA Update on Football Status During the COVID19 Pandemic

Botswana Football Association had originally directed all football activities to be suspended. In a bid to continue being observant to advice from the government and Ministry of Health and Wellness the status has not changed.

League Status
When the State of Emergency was declared the elite league (BTC Premiership) was on week 20. Both First division North and South were left with four rounds to complete the season. Various leagues in the regions were also on the final stages of completion.
There are options depending on the guidance by health professionals on when sport can resume.

1) The BFA-NEC wishes to state that the intention is to play all the leagues and games to finality. This will be done when it is conducive to gather and play football as per the government guidelines.

2) Should it be not viable to complete the leagues the season will be cancelled and declared null and void. This will also be guided by the health authorities’ advice. It will mean no winners and or relegation as per strict adherence to the BFA and FIFA rules.

3) The leagues maybe stopped where they are, and log leaders be declared as per current standings. The same will apply to the relegation and this will all be done as a last resort having exhausted all the options.

4) Whilst all these options are being considered it must be noted that the BFA is not in a hurry to risk lives and or resume activity against the government advice. There is an option to use the COVID-19 challenge to change the football season from the current one to the February to November calendar. This will be in line with the current CAF season.

This will also assist in implementing a long-standing resolution to change the season to a more suitable and medically recommended one. Medical experts have long advised that it is more convenient to play football during winter as compared to high extreme temperatures experienced during the months of November to January.

FA CUP
The (Orange) FA Cup was at the quarter-final stage when everything was suspended. Like in the League the main priority is to play to finality. All this will be determined by the advice of the health authorities. In the eventually all this is not achieved, the local organising committee will decide on the way forward.

WORKSHOPS AND TRAINING
All scheduled training in different fields will also remain suspended until further notice. A new guideline will be shared with all the stakeholders like in the above scenarios.

We urge the football family to adhere to all the advice from the health authorities and wait to come and cheer their beloved teams once again when sanity prevails.

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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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