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Rebuttal To The Voice

Botswana Football Association has noted with disappointment and grave concern the unethical unbalanced and unsubstantiated reporting by the Voice newspaper dated Friday 17th July 2020. The newspaper goes to town with a sensational headline ‘‘the wheels are off.’’

The news article on the Voice newspaper makes claims that the Botswana Premier League procured its current fleet of cars in a corrupt manner from a company owned by the Botswana Football Association President. The writer make claims that the Botswana Premier league did not follow proper procedure and only sourced quotation from one company.

The reports carried by The Voice are false and un-researched and should be considered as fake news of the highest order. The Botswana Football Association has noted with grave concern unethical consistency from the same writer, over the past 4 weeks, wherein the agenda is to smear the BFA, and ultimately it’s President. The BFA considers such reporting as unethical and unprofessional, clearly pushing an agenda unknown to the BFA but clearly known to the writer and the people for whom she is working.

At a Board meeting held on the 8th September 2017 it was resolved and agreed that the Botswana Premier league secretariat should procure its own vehicles. This was considered the best solution as the Premier League had been paying close to P660 00 to car rentals.
In November of 2017 the then Botswana Premier League Executive Director instructed procurement process to begin, correctly executing the Board’s decision. The Botswana Premier League received 5 quotations from reputable motor dealers in the country and outside the country. The quotation with the lowest price was AVIS Budget.

Botswana Football Associations Procurement standards were followed and Avis Budget as one of the bidders satisfied all procurement requirements.

During this process the Botswana Football Association President and the National Executive had never been involved nor informed of the transaction as this was purely operational under the Botswana Premier League Secretariat and sanctioned by a Board resolution. By the way, The BFA President has long declared interest in all his business to the BFA, and to the public, before and after he assumed office.

With these facts, the Botswana Football Association demands, within 7 days, a back page apology to the Association and the President for the fake and un-researched news by The Voice, failing which we would seek legal recourse against The Voice.

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BFA President meet the Bounce Back Task Force

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) President, Maclean Letshwiti, and the BFA Task Force Team met this morning at Lekidi Football Centre to discuss their Bounce Back Action Plan of moving Botswana football back to competitive football.

The Task Force has been mandated to ensure that the Football fraternity is best placed to make the new-normal part of how football can advance and grow. The Task Force, which has been working with UEFA Assist, under the following Bounceback Action Plan, progress and reporting activity which is safe to undertake during Covid19 and can be carried out at home or by individuals return to competition planning including all necessary protocols, guidelines, regulations and sequencing any communication to be delivered to members & other stakeholders relating to the BFA’s plans in light of Covid19 any medical directives required in light of Covid19.

The task force will Address legal directives required in light of Covid19, look at the affordability of any action plans in light of the BFA financial review such other matters.

The team will in the coming weeks hold virtual meetings and is expected to frequently report on their progress.

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