Thursday Aug 22, 2019. 13:00
The Botswana Football Association (BFA) have sent out a warning to the country’s Premier League clubs that they will be relegated if they fail to pay players.
The payment of salaries has been a huge issue in Botswana football in recent seasons, and it has been claimed that at least 10 of the 16 top-flight clubs fell foul of this in the 2018/19 campaign.
That includes top side Gaborone United, who were fined US$50,000 by FIFA and docked three points after they failed to settle outstanding monies owed to Ghana forward Bismarck Appiah.
“Any team found guilty, will be immediately relegated to the bottom tier. We are serious about this issue,” BFA CEO Mfolo Mfolo told reporters.
But clubs have also hit back, saying one of the major reasons why they have been unable to fulfill their obligations is because funds from the BFA that are meant to sustain them have been slow to arrive in the past.
“We, as a club are ready, but the BFA should also ensure that club grants are released on time. Money must be made available,” Extension Gunners spokesman Willoughby Kemoen was quoted by local media.
This was a point backed up by Seiphetho Sefhako, chairman of top-flight side Miscellaneous, who says the BFA funding is critical for them.
“It is a good move, it is only that as clubs, we don’t have resources,” Sefhako said.
Meanwhile, the BFA have also moved to improve the running of clubs, insisting that they have their own office space and also set up an Under-19 team, or face a points reduction as punishment.