GABORONE, BOTSWANA — Botswana Football Association (BFA) and Footballers Union Botswana (FUB) have signed a memorandum of agreement (MoU) to solidify each party’s mandate of making local football professional and improving players’ welfare.
Speaking today at Lekidi Football Centre during the signing of the MoU, BFA President Maclean Letshwiti said the agreement has been long time coming as the two parties were involved in a five year negotiation with other key and relevant stakeholders.
In November 2006, the world governing body, ‘International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) and International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding, which recognised the parties’ respective positions in global football and outlined their resolve to reinforce collaboration and dialogue on the major issues in global football.
“I am happy to report that in recent times, FIFA has reaffirmed its commitment to strengthening dialogue and an inclusive and collaborative approach to decision-making amongst football stakeholders. In the spirit of such commitment, FIFA and FIFPro have identified key areas for collaboration which shall form the foundations for deepening the administrative collaboration and strengthening the mutual commitments on key shared objectives,” said Letshwiti.
Furthermore, Letshwiti said his organisation has been the FIFPro association with CAF status thus the BFA stance to agree to sign with the local affiliate, FUB.
“In 29 September 2018, on the side lines of the CAF Extraordinary Congress in Egypt, CAF and FIFPro Africa Division signed a partnership agreement, seven years after the “Memorandum of Understanding”, which was signed in Khartoum in February 2011. It is this agreement, which lined tactic to our signing.
Meanwhile, FUB President Onalethata Thekiso acknowledged the commitment they continue to receive from the BFA as a primary lineage to managing the welfare of local players.
“We are particularly impressed by the commitment shown by the BFA under President Letshwiti. We are pleased with the new spirit of cooperation that they have shown as well as their willingness to listen to the concerns of players. Together with the BFA, we promise to work towards the creation of a healthy landscape for professional football by providing a package of measures to grow the professional football sector.
We hope to develop professional football by reviewing and, where necessary and appropriate, reforming regulatory mechanisms to safeguard the integrity of the sport and its core participants. It is through this agreement that we want to improve employment conditions for all professional footballers,” said Thekiso.
FUB has since inception in Botswana held various activities such as educating professional players on matters of contractual obligations, awards and CSI activities.