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We write to warn, and dismiss with contempt rumours and allegations peddled by some in the media, affiliate clubs, some officials in clubs and football structures.
The rumours insinuate impropriety on the BFA. The initial allegations circulating were that 75 players were illegally registered after the transfer window had closed. Despite this not being a formal complaint, a thorough investigation was immediately carried out by the BFA on these rumours.
Subsequently a formal complaint from Township Rollers F.C was lodged on 16th May 2022 regarding the registration of 7 players from Security Systems. Another investigation was done to get to the bottom of the matter.
Below are combined facts responding to the two allegations;
1. We confirm that the Security Systems players listed therein were registered by the club within the prescribed Transfer Window. An audit of the registration system has established that the club end user on the system registered the players within the time frame permitted.
The only anomaly is that the cited players were mistakenly registered as ‘amateurs’ instead of ‘professionals’. The dates cited by Township Rollers complaint are dates of change of status from ‘amateur’ to ‘professional’ level. The players have been properly and lawfully registered.
2. The 75 players matter is a similar matter to the 7 Security Systems matter by facts. There is no irregularity on the registration.
3. The current set of facts is materially different from the Onkarabile Ratanang matter.
It is common cause, and the FIFA Connect system has established that Onkarabile Ratanang was registered outside the transfer period. There had been no prior registration of the player at all.
Following the above, the BFA has since taken necessary steps to protect football integrity and image by instituting immediately relevant processes to address the malicious intent to bring football into disrepute by some clubs and officials.
The concerned matters and suspended individuals are already before relevant judicial bodies. The BFA is in the process of broadening the scope of charges and individuals.
We therefore urge the media and football community at large, to avoid peddling rumours, sensationalist allegations and statements on social media.
We uphold high level of integrity and uncompromised compliance.



Botswana Football Association has taken a giant step in developing new and young referees. Today the association was officially closing The 5-day Kweneng Regional Association Referees Beginners course at Lekidi Football Centre that has attracted 25 young and promising referees (23 men and 2 women)
The referees underwent a five-day course from the 18th to the 23rd of December. The course was conducted by Instructor Mr. Phodiso Jonty Rasetsoga (BFA Referees Manager)
Speaking in the course closing ceremony held earlier today Mr Rasetsoga highlighted that the budding referees were taken through the laws of the game, oral, theory, written and practical sessions which advanced into exams on the final.
“It was a wonderful class the participants showed a lot of eagerness and energy during the sessions and it is important that these fresh referees get involved in many matches organized in their region”, he added.
In his keynote address, Botswana Football Association CEO Mfolo Mfolo highlighted that the association has 17 regions across the country, national women’s football, and the Botswana Football League, which consists of two leagues, the Botswana Premier League and the National First Division League. He added that the BFA is reviewing football in Botswana
He concluded by explaining to the course participants that they have to go through all the structures, from the regional leagues to the highest leagues, the Botswana Premier League until they reach international stadiums such as COSAFA and AFCON to officiate the elite games.
One of the course participants Mr. Khumo Jackson, commented that to be a referee must be passionate, dedicated and hardworking.
Mr Alec Fela also the chairman of the referees committee (NEC Member), in his address appreciated the time taken by participants during festive days as they felt it was appropriate and worthy to be here. He added that discipline is the key to being a referee.

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