BFL push for players’ jab before league start

Aiming higher: Premier League return is drawing closer 
Aiming higher: Premier League return is drawing closer PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

The Botswana Football League (BFL) chairperson, Nicholas Zakhem says they are pushing for the vaccination of all players and technical staff before the season kicks-off.

The league is supposed to start next week Friday, but the decision to ensure those involved are vaccinated might see delayed resumption. “Our immediate priority as the board is to vaccinate all our players and technical bench before we can engage in competitive football. So we are working tirelessly to achieve such,” Zakhem said yesterday.

He could not be drawn to discuss the league schedule, saying further details will be announced on Saturday. “Unfortunately, I am not able to answer this question at this moment in time. However, we will do an official announcement on Saturday afternoon,” Zakhem said when asked about the league’s start date.

As football returns, there is good news as fans will be allowed into the stadiums in a phased manner. It has been 19 months since football was played and fans will hope to hear good news when the BFL makes its announcement tomorrow. The league has no title sponsor after the BTC’s long association with the top flight came to an end last year. Recently, the BFL chief executive officer, Solomon Ramochotlhwane indicated a deal was imminent. The broadcast rights deal had not been concluded as well, but as the title sponsor, reports are an agreement is close.

Botswana Television could be at the front of the queue as there were reports a P5 million per season deal had been agreed around June. However, the BFL is looking for a broadcaster with a strong online platform presence.

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