TK talks tough on BFA

Khama says BFA has a lot of explaining to do PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Khama says BFA has a lot of explaining to do PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

The Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Tshekedi Khama has picked out, amongst others, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) for stinging criticism, saying there are a lot of concerns around the association.

Speaking to Mmegi Sport in a wide-ranging interview at his office yesterday, Khama said he was concerned with the way the BFA was conducting its business.

“One of the issues that concern me is BFA. I am concerned at the politics at BFA. I am concerned with the state of football in relation to how much money they get and the results that we see,” he said.

He said there were inconsistencies in the hiring of coaches, while the women’s game has stagnated, and the Under-20 national team is not at the level it is supposed to be.

“The coaches have said their relation with the BFA is not healthy. I have a lot of concerns about BFA. We have had four meetings of about two hours each. We have to seek alternative assistance to get answers from them,” Khama said. “We want commitments that they will do what we expect of them with government funding. Where we pay, we want a return. We want results, consistency and the development of people. We are in the dark as to where we are going in regards that.”

He hit out at the BFA regarding the national team’s coach advert that was posted on Wednesday, saying it contained inaccuracies.

“We have seen the advert for the coach and I sent it to a friend of mine in Switzerland and I asked if it was consistent.

I was told that while UEFA has a Pro Licence, CAF doesn’t. But in the advert BFA indicated that they want someone with a CAF pro licence, a process, which is still underway and it will take about a year to implement. Why are we putting out an inaccurate advert?” Khama asked.

The Minister said he had received several other complaints about BFA, including the dispute regarding the All Kasi contract.

All Kasi was last month replaced by UK sportswear brand, Umbro as the BFA technical sponsor. But All Kasi approached the Minister, arguing they had not been fairly treated as they had a running contract with the BFA until next year January.

“Initially, the BFA denied there was a breach, but we called for documents, and it is true there is an existing contract. Why are we moving away from Botswana companies?” Khama quizzed. “I am concerned that the BFA does not seem to be supporting the Botswana product. I have a serious concern with their modus operandi. I have gathered other evidence on how they operate. They have got to explain themselves.”

He said the Zebras do not get adequate training, particularly when you consider the executive tickets and entertainment dished to officials compared to the money spent on the team, “there are discrepancies”. 

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