Players told to save money they don’t have


Absa Bank has come up with a welcome initiative; a financial literacy program targeted at empowering Botswana Premier League players.

The players are told to save money, presumably from their earnings. Sounds very noble and well intending until you check what goes into the players accounts, from clubs that is. If it is about saving money they make from elsewhere, that is, outside football, the financial literacy program makes a lot of sense. But if it’s from the clubs they play, they it might as well sound like a good misplaced initiative.

Not long ago, the Footballers Union of Botswana (FUB) indicated, more than 60percent of local top flight sides were struggling to constantly shell players’ dues. Some go for months without pay but they are expected to earn nothing and save something. It will take some magic wand.

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