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Club licensing in full implementation this season - Mantswe

Botswana Premier League (BPL), acting chairperson, Solomon Mantswe says they will be full implementation of club licensing in the coming season.

As a result, Mantswe called on clubs to put their houses in order.

He said this at the BPL assembly on June 14.

“We are yet to receive proper documentation on that, but we have been told that club licensing will come with serious sanctions.

We are waiting for proper communication to see what it will entail,” he said.

On other issues, Mantswe said although they had completed the league, they had a complaint from Galaxy Football Club on the aborted game between Township Rollers and Miscellaneous.

He said the matter was reported to the BPL prosecutor, who had since communicated with the concerned club.

Mantswe said their greatest hindrance to the smooth running of the league was finance.

This, he said  was compounded by the BTV cashless deal, which had always been part of the contract, premised on the hope that by this time the league and the rights holder would have secured alternative source of revenue.

BPL, he said also did not receive gate revenue because of the decision of the board to allow team to keep 100 per cent of their gate takings revenue to boost their coffers.

“This situation was not helped by the fact that BPL was still to pay debts totaling to P3 141 882.45.

We still have unavoidable expenses such as referee’s fees, their accommodation and travel,” he said.

He however said despite the debts that they had on their table, they managed to maintain BPL debts low as at May 2019.

“We should therefore unreservedly thank all BPL clubs  for agreeing to pay 15 per cent of their prize money and two months of the expectant grants, and clubs, which participated in the 2018/2019 Mascom Top 8 for contributing P75 000 of their expected revenue so that creditors could be paid,” he said.

In order to complement the teams good gesture and improve their financial situation, he added that other efforts were undertaken, given that a couple of sponsors were brought in such as Choppies to sponsor kits for ball boys.

He said Hollard was also roped in to take care of players’ insurance, and FNB for substitution board.

Currently, he said they were at an advanced stage to seal a deal with Cresta Marakanelo that would be a new partner for accommodation.

Mantswe said one of the key deliverables for the BPL was to achieve autonomy that would give them control of their business, noting that they had already concluded a workshop where they had chosen their preferred model and communicated to Botswana Football Association for approval.

That, he said would be followed by facilitation by FIFA experts through BFA adding that they want the process to be concluded before next season.

On the commencement of the league, he said they anticipate it to start on August 17 and be completed in 15 weeks.

Also, he said they intend to have the Top 8 quarterfinals by end of December 2019. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Anastacia Sibanda

Location : GABORONE

Event : BPL assembly

Date : Jun 16 Sun,2019

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