The Botswana Premier League acting CEO Thabo Ntshinogang has called on local clubs to improve their management systems. Ntshinogang said with that it will become easier for the BPL office to run the league smoothly without many distractions. He said the previous season ended well and thanked the clubs for the smooth running of the league. He, therefore, pleaded with the teams to uphold high level club administration at all times. Ntshinogang said preparations are advanced for the coming 2017/18 BTC Premiership season and want it to run as smoothly and even better that the previous one. “Preparations are currently going on very well as we want this coming season to run smoothly without any incidents of disruption. Last season, the league ended well and we want to improve from there going into the next season,” said Ntshinogang. He urged the clubs to tackle the issue of club licensing as a matter of urgency so that they comply with the requirements. “This is a very important issue that clubs should be working on at the moment,” said Ntshinogang. He said BPL is ready to help the clubs should they need some help.
The other issue that will be of interest to Ntshinogang is that of attendance at the games. Poor games attendance was a serious issue in the 2016/17 season. The low turnout at the games even did not sit well with some sponsors who felt it was not good for their brand. Ntshinogang once again called on clubs to work on mobilising their supporters to go to the games in the coming season. He said it was very important for supporters to go to the games and show support to local football. “We have talked with the clubs to work on mobilising their supporters to go to the games in large numbers. This is their responsibility and they should make sure that this happens,” said Ntshinogang. He, however, said as the BPL office they exist to help the clubs with the ideas of attracting more people to the games. With the 2017/18 season expected to start on the 13th August 2017, Ntshinogang said everything is going well and the draft fixtures will be released soon. Though he could not commit to the date, he said, the fixtures are already there but they are only awaiting a go ahead from their superiors to release them. Ntshinogang refuted allegations that some clubs have not received their 2016/17 league prize money, saying all clubs have been paid. He said the payments were made this week and all payments that are pending are currently attended to. “I can confirm that the clubs have been paid their price money. The payments have been made this week,” confirmed Ntshinogang.