News reaching #BotswanaUnplugged is that a delegation from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will this weekend jet into the country on a fact finding mission. The arrival of CAF into Botswana this weekend we are told is to check the readiness of the country in hosting the group stage games of the CAF champions’ league.
According to those in the know, the mission is to insure a balanced playing field across all participating countries. Among some of the CAF requirements is that the host association is entitled to provide road transport but if the stadium is 200km away, the host is expected to extend flights to the visitors.
“According to 10.3 of the regulations of the group stages, the visiting teams are also required to notify the federation and CAF of their destination two weeks before the fixture date failing which a fine of $3000 will be imposed on the visiting team.”
Commenting on the matter, Botswana Football Association (BFA) mouthpiece, Tumo Mpatane noted that Township Rollers FC is aware of the structure of the champions’ league group stages communication adding that his organization is also helping the club.
Mpatane said the visiting CAF delegation will assess at least three preferred home grounds that Township Rollers have registered as possible home grounds for all champions league fixtures.
“The CAF delegation will visit the National stadium, Lobatse sports complex and the Francistown sports complex in order to ascertain if all facilities are in good condition. They will look at the conditions of safety including conditions of the playing surface and if all stadiums can support television broadcast of the highest standards,” said Mpatane.
He said all stadiums facilities will be inspected this weekend (April 7th – April 9th 2018). Rollers are pitted in Group A against Africa’s favourites – Egypt’s Al Ahly, Tunisia’s Esperance and fellow newcomers, KCCA of Uganda.