Botswana: Football Teams Not Ready to Resume Training - Ikgopoleng

Gaborone — Debswana First Division North (FDN) chairperson, Jonas Ikgopoleng has complained that teams did not have the capacity to resume training.

Speaking in an interview this week, Ikgopoleng said teams did not have testing kits nor trained personnel to assist with health issues hence they were not in a state to resume training.

He noted that there had not been any assessment because teams had not assembled.

He added that the association was yet to call a meeting to discuss the way forward with teams.

Furthermore, he said teams might not be able to afford transport costs due to COVID-19 regulations on social distancing as well as feeding players and procuring sanitizers as there would not be any incoming funds since spectators had been barred from games.

Ikgopoleng highlighted that even the playgrounds were not in a state to accommodate players to commence training.

He said it was upon both the association and the government to find ways of assisting teams with money so that the league may start with no glitches.

On the other hand, Tafic Sporting Club chairperson, Carlos Sebina said they did not stop training as players were encouraged to train on their own in order to maintain their fitness and stamina levels.

Sebina said they were going to need motivational speakers in order to psychologically prepare the players.

He said all along they had been supported by pharmacies and doctors, and that they would try to engage them again to see how they could help under the circumstances.

He also shared Ikgopoleng's sentiments, saying the advent of COVID-19 was going to make the running of football a difficult undertaking because of the lack of cash flow.

He stated that a lot was needed to be done by both clubs and the association to ensure the league ran smoothly.

Sebina said they intended to avoid relegation by ensuring that they collected at least 20 points in the last games of the league.

He said they rallied behind the government initiative and would ensure that they followed all the protocols as set by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

Source : BOPA

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