Women football has for a long time been overlooked as compared to their male counterparts’ game. However, this could soon be a thing of the past if all goes according to Botswana Football Association’s plans with a new sponsor likely to be unveiled soon for Women Football. Botswana Football Association (BFA) Chief Executive Officer Mfolo Mfolo said this week that negotiations have been completed on the sponsorship and it will be unveiled very soon. “Negotiations have been completed and we are just waiting on the sponsor to give us a date to unveil the sponsorship,” he said.
Mfolo, however, did not want to go into details of the sponsorship and the company involved. Those close to the association however have linked one of the local banks with the yet to be announced sponsorship. Officials from this bank have been seen in a number of times at Lekidi. When he came into office BFA president Maclean Letshwiti made it clear that he would want to see improvements in women football locally. He said they would clearly outline milestones to be achieved to elevate women football to acceptable standards. “The following shall be undertaken in pursuit of improving women football.
This include including girls in grassroots programmes and youth leagues from as early as six years as well as introduce and optimise women football competitions from grassroots to elite level,” said Letshwiti in his manifesto. With the soon to be unveiled sponsorship deal it is expected that these will be some of the targeted objectives. Mfolo said youth development has mainly been on boys and now they are looking to extend the same to the girls. “Women football remains a priority for BFA and we are committed to its improvement,” said Mfolo. To further show their commitment, BFA sent representatives to the CAF Women’s Football Symposium which was held in Marrakesh, Morocco form the 5-7 March 2018. The BFA CEO – who was one of the attendees – said at the symposium the discussions touched on expanding the practice of women football. He said the forum believes that CAF women competitions should run every year to provide more exposure for them. Other issues included the need for technical development of women. “The delegates believe that more women must be training in every area to capacitate them to be able to run their own football,” said Mfolo. He acknowledged that a lot needs to be done and assured of BFA’s commitment to women football.