Footballers Union Botswana (FUB) Secretary General Kgosana Masaseng has been appointed to the FIFPro Finance & Professionalisation Committee for Africa Division. Masaseng was appointed to this committee at the recent FIFPro Annual General Assembly held in Cairo, Egypt. FIFPro is the worldwide representative organisation for all professional footballers’ welfare. Masaseng hailed the appointment as an honour for him and FUB. He said it offers an opportunity for Botswana to be closer to decision making that concerns player welfare issues. Masaseng said the committee’s mandate is to transform player welfare status in Africa as well as push for fully fledged professional unions. He said being in this committee will give him a close proximity to decision making, which will benefit the country as he will be able to take up the matters nationally. “Being in this committee brings me close to issues and we will be able to engage local stakeholders on decisions made,” he said. Some also deem Masaseng’s appointment as a good development, saying it will help Botswana move towards professionalism quickly. They say it will not look good if he sits in this committee and there is no change in the status of our local football. For Masaseng when asked about how Botswana is currently faring on professionalism, he did not hesitate that the country is still far behind. He called on the Botswana Football Association (BFA) and Botswana Premier League (BPL) to expedite and finalise club licensing to help move local football towards professionalism. Club licensing is aimed at promoting and improving the quality and level of football aspects in Africa. According to Masaseng club licensing is very important as it clearly stipulates how things should be done in a professional manner. “We are pinning our hopes on club licensing as it will help us move towards professionalism in Botswana. Through club licensing there are guidelines on how things need to be done and people have to abide with them. This will be very helpful. Every aspect is included in these guidelines including player welfare,” remarked Masaseng.