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Players to get three months salary subsidies – MYSC

Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development (MYSC), Tumiso Rakgare has today, Monday 18th revealed the government’s plan to help the elite and second-tier leagues with player’s salary subsidies respectively.

Speaking in Gaborone at Mass Media Complex on daily updates by the government’s departments on coronavirus relief mitigations, Rakgare said the 25 players of all the 16 teams in the BTC premiership will be paid P2, 500 whilst first division players get P1, 500 for the months of April to June accordingly.

“Sports was the first discipline to be affected by Covid-19 as we can remember when the Mares Under 17 were denied their travel to Morocco for a return leg of the FIFA world cup qualifier in March. So, therefore the government will be assisting the players with salaries for three months. The subsidy is only for Batswana players, technical and office staff. The teams are still be obligated to pay salaries of their players, this is just a subsidy”, noted Rakgare.

Quizzed about the procedure of the subsidy, Rakgare said the ministry will this week ask teams to submit the required documentation for verification and due processes.

“The monies will be directly deposited to player’s bank accounts to avoid situations where teams might use such funds for their daily expenses”.

Rakgare further singled out referees will be assisted through the FIFA relief fund as agreed with Botswana Football Association (BFA).
The player’s subsidy is part of the P70 million set aside by the ministry to mitigate the novel coronavirus impacts.

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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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