All duck or no dinner, nothing in between

Botswana football is right in the middle of a confusing stage. Is it professional or amateur?

The leaders will tell you it should be at professional level, but the overwhelming story on the ground tells you there is still a sizeable chunk of amateur football. As used to happen back then when the colonialists arrived with their English, our fore parents struggled to speak the pure English. Instead they spoke something in between which became widely known as ‘Fanakalo’. It was neither English nor vernacular, but it served its purpose of communication. Botswana football is at crossroads. The Botswana Football Association has emphasised the need to adhere to professional standards underlined by adherence to certain requirements contained in Club Licensing. Club Licensing is a strict programme meant to ensure clubs achieve a level of professionalism. To this extent, clubs are then required to obtain a license to play in the Premier League every season.

There are requirements to be met before a license is issued by the First Instance Body. While the licensing of clubs is noble and could drive the path to a professional league, the manner in which it is being applied in the local league has been laughable. Clubs that fail to out rightly obtain the license always find a backdoor to compete in the league. This has resulted in chaotic scenes reminiscent of the old days where football was a pastime. The likes of Mogoditshane Fighters and Extension Gunners have been perennial violators of the Club Licensing, but due to the leniency of those in charge of football, and the general ‘botho’ approach to issues, has seen transgressors consistently being pardoned. While it is difficult to effectively condemn a club of Gunners’ stature to the dustbins of history by relegating them to the lowest league, it could be the necessary evil if football is to make the step up.

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