Football’s long walk to professionalism

No way through: Most Premier League teams are failing to meet Club Licensing requirements PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
No way through: Most Premier League teams are failing to meet Club Licensing requirements PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

In 2008, football minds convened at Bosele Hotel in Selebi-Phikwe and emerged with a blueprint meant to drive the game towards professionalism. It is now 14 years since the drafting of what became known as the Bosele Declaration, but progress has been painstakingly slow, reports Mmegi Staffer, MQONDISI DUBE

Five clubs’ future in the Premier League hangs in the balance after they failed to meet Club Licensing requirements. Popular Lobatse side, Extension Gunners leads a group that has Eleven Angels, Morupule Wanderers, Mogoditshane Fighters and Masitaoka, in the predicament. The quintet was recently shown the red card after initially failing at the First Instance Body (FIB) before their appeals were thrown out. The FIB is the body responsible for licensing clubs.

Club Licensing is a relatively new introduction in Africa and Botswana adopted it as part of widespread reforms in the game.

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