Gaborone — The race for Botswana Football Association's (BFA) top positions has heated up after the electoral board invited submission of names ahead of the elective assembly slated for August.
Seven positions will be contested for which include that of the president, vice presidents, additional members and women's representative. The submission of names started on Monday and the closing date is June 19.
To be eligible, one has to be a citizen, aged between 30-75 with no criminal record and serving or active in football structures. The association's chief executive officer, Mfolo Mfolo said the names should be submitted to his office in sealed envelopes. Although it is not yet clear who would be vying for the top post, some football commentators are of the view that the elections have aroused a lot of interest.
They are of the view that more than three candidates will compete for the presidency. Sunday Standard sports journalist, Botlhale Koothopile said it was a chance for football to determine its fate.
He said football had been on the news for all the wrong reason for the past four years, which lead to sponsors and investors shying away from being associated with the game. He said football was polarised by politics while women football had been neglected. Koothopile stressed that football loving Batswana wanted change.
"They are curious to see what changes will be coming, if any. Will it be the cosmetic changes that occurred in 2016, or will it just be the recycling of the same old faces that have been in the system? Or most importantly, will they see new faces and new ideas run our football," he said.
Source : BOPA