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North Central Regional FA Operation Time For Change gets underway

The Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development (MYSC) Palapye Sub-District Coordinator, Mpilo Mbo has called on the Botswana Football Association (BFA) to continue training and grooming exceptional administrators in a quest to help government unearth quality talent from grassroots par excellence. Officially opening the Central/North Regional Football Association ‘Operation Time for Change’ training this morning (Tuesday) at Majestic Hotel in Palapye, Mbo said the BFA administrators’ course comes at the right time which is in line with his ministry whose primary objective among others is the development of sports particularly football.
The 5-day FIFA approved, and funded programme dubbed Administration and Management Course for the Central/North Regional FA (Serowe) kicked off on Monday (yesterday) until Friday and is intended to achieve renewal in terms of how football is managed at all levels throughout the country, facilitated by FIFA instructor and consultant, Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting.

One of the participants

The objectives of the programme include the empowerment of leaders, both Regional Structures and Clubs, on the management of the game; engaging participants on the importance of Stakeholder management, as well as identifying for further training prospective national course instructors in Administration and Management, with a view that once qualified, they will continue to train up and coming Administrators in the Regions on football administration.

“We ought to have scientific modern day training methods to be able to compete globally and this course is the first block in fulfilling such milestones. The course is also a motivating factor to the administrators. We must understand that football is dynamic hence the need for refreshed dynamic administrators who can give us quality players by understanding the commercialized value of football. Through government, we have centres of excellence around the country to unearth talent hence it is very imperative that these athletes are nurtured by well-groomed administrators who understand how to handle a player of every age,” added Mbo.

Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Central North Regional FA, Rebasikwa Mothowagae commended the leadership of the region particularly clubs for their steward excellence in grooming exceptional players in the past adding that it is now time to harness their skills even more with the ongoing Operation Time for Change course.
He said the time is now for all administrators to understand the commercialization aspect of football thus the key principles and modules of the 5-day course. Mothowagae was also happy that his region has also been fortunate to secure sponsorship which has been sustaining the regional office including other logistics.
“This is an opportune time for our football to restructure and position all its bodies, so they follow the regulations of footballing governing bodies such as COSAFA, CAF and FIFA. Our region is known for producing quality players from grassroots to well established. This clearly shows motivation and commitment from our clubs as they continue to inspire other footballers. I commend the BFA for the Operation Time for Change course which enables our administrators to further understand the ever-evolving football dynamics. We have a sponsor with Food Botswana and this course through its content we will understand the changing aspects of nurturing and retaining sponsors,” said Mothowagae.

One of the participants

FIFA instructor and consultant, Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting gave an overview of the course, emphasising that the BFA administration and technical will get stronger when all stakeholders are well equipped with effective modules that sustain football.
Mamelodi told the gathered delegates that recent appointments in football spaces should be a motivation that every delegate can become a future leader in football, citing an example of the recent appointments of the BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone Taylor and FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura as significant milestones in football.
“This course started in 2019 and due to Covid-9 restrictions we had to slow down the regional induction. The good thing about this project is that it’s funded by FIFA and therefore funds were always going to be allocated to all regions. This course implies that the BFA is strong by its regions hence we have stakeholders’ management. We are looking for progressive leaders and I must applaud women participation as throughout this course I have seen their numbers grow. This commendable stroke is also motivated by the first woman BFA CEO Taylor,” said Mamelodi.

Central North Regional FA posing for a picture


National First Divisions undergo Operation Time For Change drill

GABORONE, Botswana – In its relentless quest to professionalize and commercialize local football, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) has extended the FIFA approved and funded programme dubbed Administration and Management Course – Operation Time for Change to National First Division Leagues (NFDL), both in the South and North regions. The five-day rigorous training, which kicked off at Tlotlo Hotel and Conference Centre in Gaborone on Monday (yesterday), is aimed at endowing leaders of football clubs to effectually grow football from grassroots level and administer it with indispensable proficiency.

Furthermore, it is intended to achieve a renewal in terms of how football is managed at all levels throughout the country, facilitated by FIFA instructor and consultant, Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting. Officially opening yesterday’s Operation Time for Change for National First Division South, newly appointed Botswana Football League (BFL) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Solomon Ramochotlhwane implored all clubs to adapt to club licensing regulations, as this will become a standard tool for commercialization of clubs and football in Botswana – a barometer also used by CAF. The course has so far been administered in all the 17 Regional Football Association (RFA) regions where over 600 graduates have been inducted.

With the BFA steadfast to commercialize football, they saw it apt to also train NFDL clubs as they act as a feeder to the elite league. In his remarks Ramochotlhwane said, “the program comes at a time when the BFA 2020 Annual General Assembly granted National Leagues being BFL and NFDL autonomy which paves way for professionalism.  As one of the milestones of becoming professional, Operations Time for Change Program comes at a time when clubs have been struggling to meet CAF Club Licensing requirements. This was mostly due to lack of Management Skills and Stakeholder Management by football administrators.

National First Division Chairman, Sydney Magagane

At the end of the program, the participants will be equipped with the Leadership Skills to enable them to perform their duties and influence the change they want to see,” and further added, “Good Governance drives success and produce positive results. Football is a sport that has been severely battered by poor governance. This comes as results of members failing to account in getting the right people to lead the teams. Planning – This is an area that has been neglected for a very long time. The time has now come for teams to have strategies to drive their day-to-day, week-in and week-out preparations on how they drive football and its activities. Communication- the greatest source of Conflict amongst people is failure to communicate, hence Clear Communication clears barriers of misunderstanding.”

Ramochotlhwane said it is therefore imminent to develop a sense of urgency around the need for change. He noted that the time for clubs to change is now hence it is necessary for clubs to do away with societal organizations mentality. “This often takes strong leadership and visible support from key people within your organization. Identify the true leaders in your organization, as well as your key stakeholders,” added Ramochotlhwane. For his part, Chairman of National First Division South, Sydney Magagane encouraged all clubs to take the course seriously as it will speed up the professionalization and commercialization aspect of Botswana football in general.

“The course intends to further train more instructors as our journey to commercialization will need more professionally equipped experts to undertake this task. Clubs are what makes the BFA and therefore starting to commercialize all clubs will bolster swift transition into the mother body,” said Magagane. The course started yesterday, Monday until Friday, June 14 – 18 for the NFDS before moving to Francistown for the NFDN on 21 – 25th June 2021.

Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting

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