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Regulations On Working With Intermediaries

It occurs that in 2009, the 59th FIFA Congress decided to embark on an in-depth reform of the existing players’ agents system in order to address several shortfalls that had been identified with the licensing system established by the FIFA Players’ Agents Regulations. Some consultations and engagements within the FIFA structures were in embarked upon, to which end the 64th FIFA Congress adopted a resolution to replace the then existing Players’ Agents Regulations with the new regulation on Working with Intermediaries; the objective of which was:

“To maintain the integrity of the sport of football by promoting and safeguarding considerably high ethical standards in the relations between players, clubs and third parties; and thus live up to good governance and financial responsibility principles”.

The new regulations came into force on 1st April 2015. For the Botswana Football Association (BFA) to comply with the new regulations, it has to:

  • Conclude intermediary regulations;
  • Set minimum standards for the entry level to be an intermediary, including the fees;
  • Roll the whole initiative to the delegates during the Annual General Assembly (AGA);
  • Communicate the whole process through the media to the public for enrolment;

Given that the new regulations were passed way back in 2014, Botswana is clearly running behind in meeting this obligation, and has to recover the lost time in order to comply.  In recognition of this fact, the BFA wishes to extend an invitation to all stakeholders to attend a consultative workshop to draft regulations on Working with Intermediaries; notably the following:

  • The BPL Board of Governors
  • Four (4) representatives of the National First Division – South
  • Four (4) representatives of the National First Division – North
  • The Four (4) Block representatives
  • Two (2) representatives of the Footballers’ Union Botswana (FUB)
  • Registered local players’ agents.
  • Three (3) members of the BFA Secretariat
  • Two (2) members of the BPL Secretariat

The workshop will be held on Saturday 9th July 2016 at the Lekidi Football Centre Auditorium, starting from 08h30.  Accommodation will be provided at the Lekidi Football Centre Hostels for those who come from outside the radius of 50 meters from Gaborone.

The identified stakeholders are requested to complete the attached form by end of business on Monday 4th July 2016 to assist the BFA office to conclude the necessary logistics.  Accommodation will only be provided for those who confirmed their attendance within the deadline.

Those who need further clarity pertaining to the foregoing are at liberty to contact the BFA office for the attention of the Competition or Executive offices.

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Diamond Zebras & Young Zebras to play friendly matches

Botswana Junior National Teams under-17 (Diamond Zebras) and the under-20 (Young Zebras) will this weekend of 23rd – 25th August 2019 report to camp. The two teams will play friendly matches against Eswatini U17 & U20 boys on the 24th and 25th August 2019.

The games will be used to give the two teams international match practice. For his part, Diamond Zebras coach Tebogo Mokute says his charges will benefit greatly from the games as they have worked on different approaches and tactics in recent months and he is positive the team understands his vision.

Mokute will lead the Diamond Zebras to the 2019 COSAFA championships to be staged in Malawi from the 25th September to the 5th October 2019. The under-20 team under the tutelage of Raizor Tsatsilebe will find the games important as they have also started preparations for the 2019 COSAFA championship scheduled for December 2019 in Zambia.

Eswatini is expected to arrive in Botswana on Friday evening with games set to be played at Lekidi grounds. On Saturday 1600hrs and 0900hrs kick off on Sunday morning before the boys from the Kingdom of Eswatini return home.

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