The good news is that the Botswana Football Association (BFA) has given all clubs in the Botswana Premier League (BPL) the green light to partake in this year’s league season despite the different grading in the latest Confederation of African Football (CAF) club licensing. The BPL which should already be underway after expectations of it starting in early August has left many soccer fans desperate for some action.
The indefinite start to the league follows fears that certain clubs were treading on thin ice after allegations of maladministration and failure to attain several categories in the dreadful CAF documentation were uncovered. Among the objectives of club licensing is simply to promote and improve the quality as well as the level of all football aspects in Africa.
Furthermore, the requirement is set to improve the economic and financial capacity of the clubs though proper governance and control. According to fresh information from the Lekidi Football Centre, the process follows weeks of hard work by both the secretariat and the First Instance Body (FIB), an independent FIFA accredited club licensor who has been educating and evaluating the clubs, as well as inducting them on how club licensing is an exercise used by FIFA to make football business improve.
“The report has been finalized, the adjudication exercise, and all the BPL clubs have been duly informed of the outcome. It has then become that the results are in three different forms. The provisional license gives the clubs extra two months to adhere to the short fall noted during the exercise and are obliged to correct before October 31st.”
The FIB members came up with a grading system, which had five categories such as sporting, infrastructure, and administrative personnel, legal and financial. Despite the results narrating all the clubs have passed, the three underperforming clubs who were given provisional (B) license with a pass below 65% include Miscellaneous at 55%, Sharps Shooting Stars at 60% and Mochudi Centre Chiefs who scored 65%.
However, other clubs were awarded provisional (A) license and these include Black Forest at 68%, Sankoyo Bush Bucks, BDF XI, Gilport Lions; who all recorded a 70% score. Tafic got 74%, Extension Gunners got 84%, and Flamengo Santos got 85% while Gaborone United clinched 90%.
Other teams such as Township Rollers, Jwaneng Galaxy, Orapa United, Police XI and Security systems will however not be needing the extra two months to pass. As things stand, all eyes will be set on the provisional clubs who were awarded licenses to see how they improve in the next two months.