Tsabong — Western block football teams that were scheduled to battle it out in Tsabong for a position in the first division will instead meet in Ghanzi on December 12.
Tsabong regional football chairperson, Keleeme Bahakgametse, said Tsabong region was scheduled to host the play offs, but after Botswana Football Association (BFA) assessment, it was found out that the playgrounds did not comply with COVID-19 protocols.
Grounds were not fenced while the main stadium fence was worn out, therefore it would become difficult to control supporters during the games.
He said division one playoffs required two play grounds and the games had been moved to Ghanzi where there was slightly better infrastructure.
The regional chairperson said an attempt was made to secure Tsabong's position of hosting the games by requesting for funds from BFA to fence the field.
The funds estimated to be used was about P35 000. However, their request was not acceded to following an assessment, ruling out the possibility to finance based on the short time frame between then and the time that play offs would be held.
Tsabong Black Rangers FC, Hukuntsi-Lokgwabe United and Motaung Young Fighters; all of Kgalagadi would take part.
Meanwhile, Ghanzi region was yet to announce one of its teams to participate on these fixtures.
A deciding game between between Ghanzi Terrors and Skoon Boys was scheduled for this weekend.
The winner would join the aforementioned teams to battle it out for the championship that would earn the team a place in the first division league -south.
Meanwhile, Bahakgametse lamented that COVID-19 had affected grassroots football in Tsabong region.
For his part Tsabong Regional Football Association, vice chairperson, Moruti Osenoneng said COVID-19 had negatively affected football players since most of them were unemployed.
He noted that due to low levels of sponsorship in the region, teams were unable to sustain themselves when COVID-19 hit.
Nonetheless, he said BFA was able to offer relief food packages to the players and gave 12 BFA affiliated teams P2 000 each from the relief fund during the first batch while in the second batch teams were given P4 630 each where both male and ladies football teams benefitted.
Source : BOPA