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Stalemate in Gaborone

Botswana conceded in stoppage time to play to a 1-1 draw at home against Congo on Saturday. The Congolese cancelled a first-half goal by Thabang Khuduga, courtesy of Jean Louamba who headed home during the period of added time to deny Young Zebras a vital win.

In the earlier phases of the game, Botswana absorbed the pressure well. Botswana didn’t have much to do defensively because the Congolese kept possession in their own half most of the time. In the 17th minute, Congo initiated an attack that was well dealt with by Botswana goalkeeper Lesang Senne. Senne quickly released the ball to Baokeditse Talane who was close to the centre line. Talane quickly released a through ball to Khuduga who didn’t waste time and gave Botswana the lead.

The visitors then resorted to keeping possession while Botswana was happy to sit back. Their good chance came just before half-time when Louamba’s shot was saved by Senne.

Young Zebras vice Captain Bose Ramontsho believes if Congo could manage a goal away they can also do the same to ensure they can progress. Bose says his team is also capable of coming up with a fight to get the needed result highlighting that they will go to Congo knowing that they need nothing less than a win.

The second leg will be played in Congo on Sunday 20th May. The winner will book a place in the final qualification round.

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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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