First Division committee to petition BFA

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The First Division South League committee is unhappy with the manner in which the Botswana Football Association (BFA) has been handling the league's proposed sponsorship from mining giant, Debswana.

League secretary Sidney Magagane has told Mmegi Sport that his committee had written a letter of complaint which was due to be forwarded to BFA by yesterday. "The issue of sponsorship is one of them because like the teams were are just in the dark about what is going on. The information has been coming to us in bits and pieces such that there is no clear explanation when teams enquire. But the letter is generally about the way BFA conducts its business with us. We often hear of things on the streets when we should have been informed first," Magagane said.

He noted that recently, his committee has had to deal with irate club officials who demanded answers about the sponsorship, which was announced last year but was yet to be officially launched. Eight teams - Mochudi Buffaloes, Gabane United, Kanye Swallows, Young strikers, Black Peril, Letlapeng, Gantsi Terrors and Jwaneng Comets - had threatened to boycott the second round games unless the BFA made a commitment in writing concerning the sponsorship. Last year the then acting BFA chief executive officer (CEO), Tariq Babitseng assured stakeholders that the sponsorship was to be launched before the beginning of second round.   "Desbswana is still on board and clubs have no reason to worry. There have been delays from the secretariat to finalise some things," Babitseng said at the time.

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