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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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Ditlhokwe signs with SuperSport United

SuperSport United is pleased to announce the signing of Botswana international defender Thatayaone Ditlhokwe from Township Rollers on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

The 21-year-old helped the Gaborone giants to lift the Botswana Premier League in the 2018/19 season and was rewarded with a national team call up.

The Botswana international captain played an important role for his side in the 2019 COSAFA Cup in South Africa, where he helped the Zebras finish 2nd in the tournament losing to Zambia in the final.

Ditlhokwe said,” I am very happy to be here in this great team. The club has won a lot of trophies in the past and I want to be part of that winning environment and I am also looking forward to working with coach Kaitano Tembo. As a former player and current coach of the team, I think I can learn a lot from him and reward him for the faith he has put in signing me.”

Players agent Errol Dicks who confirmed that the player also had formal offers from Europe but chose to come to the PSL as his pathway of choice. Dicks said, “TT had interest from Europe, but he is young and has time on his side and as a first move out the country SuperSport is an ideal platform for him to shine in a team that is not afraid to play young players.”

The President of Township Rollers FC, Mr Jagdish Shah, “We are pleased to have added value to the career of Ditlhokwe, he has been a true role model to all his peers. We at Rollers pride ourselves in not standing in the way of our players furthering their development we take this opportunity to wish TT well in his future career.”

SuperSport CEO Stan Matthews added, “TT is a player we have tracked for some time and we feel he has a really bright future at SuperSport. We have had Botswana players here before like Dipsy Selolawane, Gabonamong, and Ngele and they all made an impact, so we are looking forward to TT helping us to win trophies and maintain a good league campaign.”

Source: SuperSport United

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