• They demand to see Khama;
• Complain of unpaid allowances
• Minister Olopeng orders BNSC to intervene
There was a commotion at parliamentary buildings on Wednesday afternoon when the ladies national Under 23 team players clad in their training kit staged a sit-in protest in front of parliament requesting to see President Ian Khama.
In an interview with one of the players, who refused to be named, said that they resorted to protest to parliament after the Botswana Football Association (BFA) officials turned a blind eye to their complaints.
One of their queries is that they have not been paid their allowances since they joined the camp in preparations for their encounter against Madagascar. The team beat Madagascar 3-1 in the All Africa Games qualifiers.
“Some of us are from outside Gaborone and need to go back to our homes but we don’t have money and we are stuck at Lekidi sports centre without any food,” said the distraught player.
The players, who refused to leave parliament until their concerns are addressed, were attended to by the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Thapelo Olopeng.
Immediately after hearing their concerns, Olopeng called the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) chairperson Solly Reikeletseng and asked him to meet the players at the council’s boardroom.
“I have spoken to Rre Reikeletseng and he has informed me that he is not aware of your concerns. I have asked him to meet you right now and solve your issue as a matter of urgency,” said Olopeng to the players. After his address, the Under 23 players reluctantly left parliament and walked to the National Stadium which houses BNSC offices.