Feud exposes BFA to FIFA ban

Concerned: BFA’s Letshwiti PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Concerned: BFA’s Letshwiti PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) fears it could fall foul of world football governing body, FIFA’s statutes following the government’s involvement in a leadership dispute at the Botswana Football League (BFL).

On Monday, the Minister of Youth, Gender, Sport and Culture, Tumiso Rakgare wrote to the BFA through the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) requesting for a meeting to get detailed insight into the BFL crisis. However, the BFA rebuffed the minister’s approach indicating the matter was before a judicial body, the Arbitration Tribunal.

In what is turning out to be a bare-knuckled fight between the government and BFA, the ministry issued a thin-veiled threat to the association in a public statement on Wednesday. While the statement said the minister wanted to have a full appreciation of the situation, it accused the BFA of refusing to account by failing to honour the meeting invitation.

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