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FIFA threatens BFA

Publishing Date : 03 September, 2018

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

The world football governing body, FIFA threatens to place Botswana Football Association (BFA) under restricted funding category following the latter’s delay to submit audited statutory (financial) statement.  


FIFA has gone further to remind the local football federation to have complied by 30th of September or risk facing devastating repercussions, WeekendSport has been informed. FIFA also expects BFA to send communication to the effect that they have at least started the process until the last day of the deadline. This non-compliance was even conspicuous at the last General Assembly held a fortnight ago as the association could not present the audited Financial Statements.


Part of the FIFA correspondence seen by this publication reads, “This email is to remind you that by the 30th of September you are obliged to send us your audited statutory statement as per regulations and the circular 1641 that is attached.”
However, the association’s NEC is of the view that part of the complication comes from BFA regions who are still failing to submit documents and financial statement well on time.


BFA has said it is aware of the situations facing them and will institute a report before long. The Maclean Letshwiti’s regime said it has observed that it has been wrong footed by deep rooted issues of mal-administration and unaccountability.
A leaked report from NEC seen by this publication indicates that the association will soon start trailing wrong doers.


“On another note, we also have pressure from the Audit and Compliance Committee to clean the BFA financials Accounts and not only them, even the NEC itself from the last meeting we had. Please note that we do have long outstanding debtors in our accounts owing to non-retired IMPREST from National Team games by HOD dating as far back as 2014/15, 2016 and 2017 financial years,” reads part of the report.


WeekendSport understand that the association plans to write demand letters to affected individuals to request compliance within 10 days. When reached for comment, Vice President Number 2 of the association Pelotshweu Motlogelwa said the association is aware of the FIFA matter but declined to comment further. “Yes we have been placed on notice by FIFA but we are working on it, that is all I can say,” he said.


A year ago, Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) observed that there was lack of segregation of roles that ultimately leads to fraud together with insufficient accountability if the procurement is not handled by the right person for the job.
This has also lead to the association failing to adequately retire funds back to BNSC by the end of 2017 financial year.


The commission had recommended that the BFA management ensure best practices are put in place. The anomaly where nobody knows what they are doing at the finances offices has drastically left the association battling difficult financial doldrums.
It is discovered that the association has outstanding retirements of over P 9 00 000.00 to BNSC, one issue that has raised alarm at the heart of the association.


BFA has said it is working around the clock to rectify mistakes and administrative lapses that saw BNSC expressing serious misgivings about their financial handling. The association has once accepted that the new administration has inherited serious debt that risked the relationship with BNSC. Even the sport commission itself acknowledged in the report that the association has a long term liabilities of over P 10 million that had been carried forward over the years.


 The same P10 million deficit has brought serious consequences where the association failed to pay Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS) money amounting close to P 3million for quite some time last year.  The association has however indicated that they have since established cordial working relationship with the tax man on payment plan.

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