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CAF Club Licensing Unit Kickstarts Support Mission

GABORONE, Botswana, February 2021/ — The Botswana Football Association (BFA) and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Club Licensing Unit this morning, (Monday) kickstarted a weeklong roundtable with various football stakeholders at Lekidi Football Centre in Gaborone. 

The Botswana FA has been selected as one of the pilot projects for the online CAF Club Licensing compliance.

Visiting the BFA is CAF Club Licensing Senior Manager, Muhammad Sidat accompanied by Kabelo Bosilong – a CAF Club Licensing Instructor from South Africa. This morning CAF and BFA engaged in a series of engagements, the first being with the acting CEO, Thabiso Kebotsamang and the BFA National Executive Committee (NEC) members.  Present at the meeting were female representative, Lobito Ncube and ordinary member, Tico Kamati whilst others such as  VP1 Marshlow Motlogelwa, VP2 Masego Ntshingane and ordinary member, Carlos Sebina joined the meeting via Zoom. 

Other stakeholders at today’s meeting included Botswana Football League (BFL) chairperson, Jagdish Shah, BFA’s Club Licensing coordinator, Olebile Pilara as well as the BFA Legal and Compliance, Pako Moakofhi.

When welcoming the CAF duo to the BFA headquarters and Botswana, BFA’s VP1, Marshlow Motlogelwa said club licensing is an integral part of standardizing football. He said to have a proper implemented club licensing structure is vital for Botswana FA hence the request to seek support mission from CAF. 

“We are at around 60% with regards to club licensing as the FA. We therefore want to close gaps in this process. Compliance is very fundamental and therefore with today’s mission support from CAF we are hopeful that we will achieve our set goals. We have reached a critical stage where we have to fully induct our clubs on club licensing which I think we will tap from your skill. We are looking for a partial and transparent report on our process by far,” said Motlogelwa.

The CAF Club Licensing Senior Manager, Muhammad Sidat said the request by the Botswana FA shows how the secretariat is taking a leap towards making sure that all leagues and clubs are run professionally.

“We are here to provide a proper roadmap for club licensing, more importantly is to implement the club licensing regulations. Thus far, the BFA is aware of the objectives of the club licensing system. CAF has developed 5 criteria for club licensing however, from country to country, the federation may add to what works for their leagues. The BFA needs a proper strategy to implement club licensing, the elite has been granted autonomy to run its affairs. It will be imperative to have a criterion to be implemented for the BFL to be compliant. It is highly recommended that the strategy has timelines,” said Sidat.

Furthermore, the chairperson of the BFL, Jagdish Shah said it is important for all the stakeholders to sit together and fully understand the club licensing tool. He said after three years of trying to adopt the tool, many clubs are still lacking in the process. He acknowledged the efforts by the BFA for seeking help from the CAF Club Licensing Unit adding that this will surely expedite the process of club licensing.


COSAFA and LaLiga Instructors’ Masterclass gets underway

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) Technical Division led by Acting Technical Director, Dr. Carolin Braun today (Wednesday) joined their counterparts from the COSAFA region in a virtual Instructors Masterclass powered by COSAFA in partnership with LaLiga. The BFA participants include Alex Malete, Duncan Tshegofatso, Kaelo Kaelo, Jaqueline Gaboinelwe and Barobi Ngwako.

COSAFA and La Liga seek to improve football in the region with this exciting project where they look to equip regional instructors with training methods, academy structure, player development path, game model and overall, how to make a good instructor.

BFA acting TD Dr. Carolin Braun

The course is a pilot program which kickstarted its first of the two sessions beginning April 21st, 2021 and the second took place today, Wednesday May 5th, 2021.  The BFA Acting Technical Director, Dr. Carolin Braun was today jubilant that all participants from the Botswana FA will be able to harness their skills for the betterment of the BFA development structures.

She further highlighted that the courses come at the right time when the entire football system is regenerating for the future. Dr. Braun was also confident that the BFA has chosen capable individuals who have made a commitment to take the lessons and safeguard the country’s footballing prospects. 

BFA Women development officer, Barobi Ngwako

The first day of the course was manned by Juan Florit – Head of LaLiga Football Projects and Andoni Bombín – Head of Methodology at Athletic Club, while today’s session was led by Saul Vazquez – Football Projects Specialist and Carlos Casal – Football Projects Coordinator, respectively.


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