Botswana Football Association (BFA) spokesperson Tumo Mpatane said club licensing is not meant to chase clubs away but to push them towards professionalism. Mpatane said the aim is to get local clubs to become more professional and run their affairs in line with CAF and FIFA standards. He said most BTC Premiership clubs have met the club licensing requirements, except only four clubs.
Initially only five teams had earned an outright full license after attaining 100%. These were Township Rollers, Police XI, Security Systems, Orapa United and Jwaneng Galaxy. The rest were given until October 2017 to have rectified their licensing requirements. Mpatane said now four teams have failed. Mpatane said BFA has since written to the four teams to show cause why action cannot be taken against them. “We have since written to these teams and have been given until the end of January to have responded to us, confirmed Mpatane. Asked what action will be taken against them if they fail to meet standard, Mpatane remained hopeful.
He did not entertain giving out any form of punishment. “Club licensing is not meant to chase clubs away but to help them move towards professionalism. I cannot give out any specific action that will be taken but remedial actions will be taken against clubs that do not comply with club licensing requirements.” BFA Chief Executive Officer Mfolo Mfolo said this week that club licensing is a FIFA requirement and clubs have to comply. Mfolo said they are even looking at rolling out the exercise to the first division teams. During the FIFA Professional Conference held in Egypt from 19-20 December 2017 it was agreed that inspection will be started soon and any defaults picked during the inspections will be the problem of the local federations. All financial sanctions to defaulting clubs will be the responsibility of local federations to decide on.