Botswana Football Association (BFA) is inviting applications from interested individuals who want to serve as intermediaries for players, coaches and clubs. According to BFA Public Relations Officer Tumo Mpatane, the intermediaries will replace FIFA Players Agents following the approval of several necessary amendments to the FIFA statues and the regulations governing the application of the FIFA statutes by the 64th FIFA congress. “The new regulations introduce a new approach based on the concept of intermediaries and were previously approved by the FIFA executive committee at its meeting on the 21st of March 2014 and it came into force on the 1st of April 2015,” he said. The applications have been open since February 3 and will close on February 15. Applicants are expected to drop off their applications at the BFA or email them. Mpatane said anyone can apply to be an intermediary if they are suitably qualified. “We want to abolish agents, and now we are acting in compliance with world standards for the sake of our footballers,” he said. Mpatane said this will benefit players more, something that Footballers Union Botswana (FUB) has always wanted. Township Rollers Manager Motshegetsi Mafa said they do not have a problem with this development, but want the intermediaries to work efficiently with players and all stakeholders because in recent times there has been confusion.
“Some will come with an uncle, a brother or a friend. I hope intermediaries will make it smoother for everyone, be it players or coaches,” he said. FUB Secretary General Kgosana Masaseng hailed the development, saying it is something that they have asked for to deal with the miseries faced by players. “We were part of the process that came up with the guidelines for the system because this covers the interest of the player and we can now say ‘thank you BFA’ for giving us this privilege,” he said. He said when they were coming up with the guidelines one of their suggestions was putting into consideration that it was not easy for players to move from one team to the other because they were owned by a company. He revealed that is why intermediaries are individuals and not companies because most companies were pushing their commercial interests and in return frustrating the players. According to Masaseng, this will eliminate third parties. He said they will continue to redefine the policy in order to better serve the players. Each year, he said, they will publish through the BFA the intermediaries that are involved in the selling of players, how much they sold the player, how much the team got and how much they got as intermediaries. “We are going to be transparent as much as possible – that is what we have been fighting for,” he said.