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BPL adopts La Liga system

Publishing Date : 08 May, 2018

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

The Botswana Premier League (BPL) board of governors is said to be on gearing up to start implementing Spain’s La Liga strategy as efforts to improve the domestic game are now being given earnest consideration.


A team that had gone to Spain for a benchmarking exercise has told this publication that BPL will, by hook or crook, adopt and implement one football policy known as economic control system. The football mechanism ensures that no club will operate in the elite league while battling financial difficulties. Sources at the BPL office indicate that premier league chairpersons are already discussing the model behind closed doors as this will be implemented in the next season.


It is indicated that the football mechanism will bar any premier league team from participating in the BTC league while they owe players and any other stakeholders related to the club. Sources say it will be pertinent for the league to press forward with this exercise. Sources say the league will be on a better stance to now monitor its daily operations on its own. Close tabs will be kept on all teams, and as such, any team that is seen to have accrued heavy debt will not be allowed to participate in the elite league. The mechanism inadvertently forces team to pay players without fail.


Thabo Ntshinogang who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the league said he will not reveal any information about the plans of the league as yet. He is of the view that an appropriate time will come where everything will be shared. “There is nothing I can talk to you about that issue, the league is still negotiating amongst itself and information will be given to you as soon as possible,” he said. BPL signed a memorandum of agreement with La Liga sometime last year October.


A two day workshop has already been held in Botswana where titles like leadership, corporate governance and management, football marketing among others have been discussed. BPL clubs will continue to attend the workshops in order to learn from La Liga’s knowledge in all those aforementioned areas.


Before the two parties took their step of faith, the CEOs had an exchange of programmes where La Liga top directors met the BPL CEO together with the head of secretariat of BFA in Madrid. The idea was to have training sessions on the management and operation of La Liga to be implemented similarly in Botswana. There is a clause tailor made for local coaches, where in the event that a local coach wins coach of the season, they will be awarded with a trip to Spain where they will attend a course that will run for weeks.  


The two parties will continue to make collaborative efforts to organise friendly matches between La Liga clubs and teams from Botswana during the off season. La Liga is a private law Sports Association which is solely and obligatorily comprised of all the sports corporations and clubs that take part in official nation-wide professional football competitions. It also known as La Liga Santander for sponsorship reasons with Santander, it is the top professional association football division of the Spanish football league system.

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