Uncertainty and anxiety reigns supreme in football circles just two weeks before the Botswana Football Association (BFA) General Assembly, scheduled for August 08.
The confusion emanates from the fact that the BFA has to date failed to announce a final list of candidates as the vetting process continues, despite that it was initially scheduled to be published on June 30. All potential candidates are currently undergoing a vetting process to ensure compliance with the BFA constitution, which started in the week of June 22-29.
The BFA electoral board -supported by the world football governing body, FIFA- examined the applicants’ names as part of the screening process that will ultimately determine the eligibility of candidates. As part of vetting process, the board checks if would-be candidates have criminal records and/ or insolvency issues as per the eligibility criteria. Further, all the applicants are subjected to a ‘fit for purpose’ test in line with the FIFA integrity requirements.
Earlier, the Chief Executive Officer of Botswana Football Association (BFA), Mfolo Mfolo had confirmed that 22 candidates have submitted their names to contest the upcoming elections billed for August 08, 2020 for positions in the National Executive Committee (NEC). Of the 22 candidates, six are women.
Two of the three presidential candidates each has two women in their lobby lists, while the third only has one woman. The sixth is an independent candidate who will challenge for the position of women representative. “We received all applications before the close of business on Friday (closing date). They were sealed and signed by all the candidates,” Mfolo told the Daily News recently.