Bid deal sealed

Signed and sealed: Minister Rakgare with his Namibian counterpart, Tjongarero during the signing ceremony PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Signed and sealed: Minister Rakgare with his Namibian counterpart, Tjongarero during the signing ceremony PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

Botswana and Namibia took a giant step towards putting together a joint bid for the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations finals with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement in Gaborone yesterday.

The Minister of Youth, Gender, Sport and Culture, Tumiso Rakgare and her Namibian counterpart, Agnes Tjongarero put pen to paper, signalling the official start of works towards submitting the joint bid.

The Botswana and Namibia bid will face competition from among others, Morocco and Senegal who have made their intentions to host the competition, clear. In the co-hosting arrangement, it was revealed during the signing ceremony that Botswana would contribute 60% of the resources, while Namibia has a 40% stake. If the bid is successful, Namibia will host the opening ceremony, while Botswana gets the final and closing ceremony. Botswana will host 24 out of 36 group matches while Namibia will have 12 matches. Botswana will get five of the eight round of 16 matches. The quarterfinals and semi finals will be shared equally between the two nations. “The same applies with sharing proceeds of hosting the competition. The two nations have got the support of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa),” Tjongarero said.

Editor's Comment
A step in the right direction

That is indeed a welcome development, especially looking at the fact that the manual way of doing things is slowly disappearing and competency in the use of computers and other digital gadgets has become a must.The simple way of looking at it is just an example that almost all companies have gone completely digital and school leavers will be better placed after leaving school, because they will already be familiar with the use of computers.The...

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