FUB urges players to stand in solidarity

BFA President, Maclean Letshwiti (left) and FUB president, Onalethata Tshekiso during the FUB congress held on Saturday in Gaborone .PIC.KENNEDY RAMOKONE
BFA President, Maclean Letshwiti (left) and FUB president, Onalethata Tshekiso during the FUB congress held on Saturday in Gaborone .PIC.KENNEDY RAMOKONE

The Footballers Union of Botswana (FUB) president, Onalethata Tshekiso, has called on players to stand together in dealing with the ill-treatment suffered by others from their respective clubs.

Tshekiso was speaking at the FUB congress held on Saturday in Gaborone. He said players hold the key to everything and they should not be the reason why they are treated badly by their clubs. “The reason why you are treated the way you are treated is because you have allowed it. You should stand in solidarity as players, whether you are currently at a club that pays you well and on time. The only reason why you are still at that particular club is because they have not found a replacement for you as yet. They will eventually do and you will find yourself facing the same problems faced by other players when you join other teams,” he said.

Tshekiso also said it is disappointing that even up to now, they still see some teams that promise players payments and then fail to meet the obligations. He also advised the Botswana Football Association (BFA) to take into consideration the way the First Instance Body (FIB) issues licenses to clubs. He said the FIB should sit and make decisions about club licensing after all the cases involving players and their employers have been adjudicated by the National Dispute Resolution Chamber (NDRC). He said in such cases, the FIB will not give clubs licenses that clubs do not qualify for. Meanwhile, the BFA president, Maclean Letshwiti, said they are happy that at the association, they have always engaged with the FUB on matters relating to players’ welfare. He said both the BFA and the union have applied to FIFA for the recognition of the new NDRC, making Botswana one of the three countries to achieve this feat.

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