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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.


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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