Botswana: BFA Ready to Return to Grounds

Gaborone — Botswana Football Association (BFA) chief executive officer, Goabaone Taylor, says football is ready to return to play.

Addressing the media on Friday, Taylor said return to the grounds would be divided into three phases and BFA would make sure there was continuous monitoring and evaluation at each stage.

She said they would be rolling out the documentation to their structures to guide them with compliance in returning to training.

Taylor said in the document, there would be a form that the structures would complete for BFA to determine if indeed they could start their training.

She said BFA, through its medical committee, would also identify and up skill SHE officers to ensure that they would be in a good position to support the compliance process.

"These compliance officers will be in all our 17 regions and we are looking at a situation where we will divide the regions into the south and north and then cascade them in terms of the COVID-19 zones," she said.

She said in phase one, which started yesterday only Botswana Football League would resume training.

Taylor added that from June 28, all first divisions, regional football associations and women's football would be allowed to resume training.She said that period would also allow training of SHE officers and regional leadership to inspect the resources that the clubs had and check compliance.

Taylor explained that on July 12, all youth clubs and private academies would resume training subject to approval by the BFA medical committee.

She said phase two would be pre-season tournaments and July 24 was earmarked to finish the last two stages of the Orange FA Cup, adding that the cup would resume depending on the negotiations with Orange Botswana.

She said women's league and Under 15 youth tournaments were expected to start on July 28, adding the 2021-22 season would resume in third phase.

Taylor said the 2021-2022 football season for all leagues and structures would be subject to the approval by the BFA medical committee based on the success of the previous phases

She said no spectators would be allowed at the stadiums training grounds when the season starts on August, noting it was also important for teams to ensure that they comply with COVID-19 protocols.Ahead of match days, she said stadiums should be disinfected and fumigated, adding the host team shall be responsible for all logistics.She said where a player or official is infected, public health protocols would be followed but she however warned that a team not meeting minimum requirements shall not be allowed to resume activities.

Source : BOPA

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