Botswana Football Association (BFA) has partnered with six of its associate members in an effort to further improve grassroots and youth development in the country. BFA on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the associate members to formalise this partnership. The associate members include Botswana Primary School Sport Association (BOPSSA), Botswana integrated Sports Association (BISA), Botswana Tertiary Schools Sports Association (BOTESSA) Footballers Union of Botswana (FUB), Botswana Brigades Sports Association (BOBSA) and Botswana Private Tertiary Association (PTIA). These associations are tasked with identifying and nurturing sporting talent among young athletes. They are basically looking at developing talent from a young age which is one of BFA’s main objectives to grow local sport. When he campaigned for election to the position, BFA president Maclean Letshwiti pushed grassroots development as a necessity BFA should be pursing to develop sport in Botswana. It is believed that the partnership will make it easier for BFA and the other members to deliver their mandate.
Speaking at the signing ceremony BFA 2nd Vice President Maslow Motlogelwa said he is grateful of the gesture that has been taken by both BFA and the associate members. Motlogelwa describe the agreement as a journey that if all parties work together accordingly will bring success to the nation. “For any nation to be successful in football it has to have a strong grassroots development programme. Today we are signing this agreement with association tasked with sport development, we believe that will be able to attain our aims by working together,” said Motlogelwa. He however appealed to all to start working towards the agreements to implement what has been outlined. He pointed out that signing is an easy thing but what will be crucial is the implementation of the agreements by all parties to move forward in attaining their objectives. With the agreement the associate members will be working with BFA to develop sport from grassroots. The associates members will be putting in the resources they have and BFA will be bringing in the technical expertise needed.
Motlogelwa said with the agreement BFA is looking to decentralise the secretariat to take the services to the people. He said this will help with faster and better delivery of the association services. “The association alone cannot be able to achieve all the things supposed to be done without the support of others. So I believe that the agreement will go a long way to help in the development of football in Botswana with all parties on board,” he said. He acknowledged that there will be challenges but assured that BFA will always be prepared to faces that might arise. Speaking on behalf of the associates BISA president Joshua Gaotlhobogwe commended BFA for the move saying it marks a new era in the development of sport in Botswana. Gaotlhobogwe said the initiative is a good one that it brings formerly isolated bodies together for the common goal. “The associations have readily available resources and being brought together they can do a lot to help BFA develop football in Botswana,” he said. The BISA man said as BFA associate members they are assuring that they are behind the agreement all the way. He went on to say working together will make things much easier for all the players involved.