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Shah forays kick in

Publishing Date : 04 April, 2018


Botswana Premier League (BPL) board of governors is expected to effect immediate changes to some of policies and operational manuals that oversee its daily operations.  This comes on the back of Jagdish Shah’s arrival as the chairman of the league board. Shah is also the president of Township Rollers.

Top of the agenda, WeekendSport has learnt is that the board wants to generate as much income as it can possibly do for premier league clubs. It is indicated that many elite clubs are struggling to make ends meet, such that some of the clubs fail to pay for players’ welfare.
The board met for the first time under the stewardship of Shah last week Saturday to extensively discuss issues that have wrong footed the league in the past.  Sources told this publication that the league is trying to make strides particularly on the stadium levy matter. 

As things stand, premier league teams are encouraged, through club licensing requirement, to pay 25% of gate takings to the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) as a stadium levy. The board says the 25 percent levy is draining the teams and are instead proposing to pay a lump sum fee to the sports commission for the entire season. Shah told the press gathering on Tuesday this week that, “the board is considering paying a lump sum figure to the sports body for the whole season and consequently dealing away with the 25%.”

WeekendSport has however gathered that the league board is suggesting paying between P1.2 and P1.5 million to the sports commission. Should both parties agree, premier league teams will for the first time recoup 100% as gate takings to further improve players’ lives.
Should the move see the light of the day, it will effectively mean that the issue of ticketing solely becomes the responsibility of premier league teams, and not the premier league board as it has been the case.

The negotiations, once agreed upon, will reverse and repel, to a certain degree, BNSC’s total recommendation of e-ticketing. The commission advocated for the use of an e-ticketing system that it will facilitate speedy reconciliation when payment is done. BNSC wrote sometimes last year through their former Business Development Director Thato Kgosimore, acknowledging the receipt of request from BPL teams to use the different stadia to host home games for official games.

The Sports commission said e-ticketing through the standardized club licensing would see the system facilitating speedy payment settlement and curb delayed and/or failure to remits funds. The sports body had observed with misgivings, that over the past years, the BPL clubs have been failing to pay their required share after using the stadia.

The umbrella body for all other sports codes was unrelenting on this matter of payment and said it was high time they enforce laws. Part of the letter read, “BNSC is willing to sign contracts with the BPL teams for the use of the stadia for the 2017/18 season.  The commission insists on the use of an e-ticketing system.” However, this may be revisited owing to the impeding changes the league aspires to install.



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