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FUB members give league ultimatum

Publishing Date : 11 June, 2019

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

Footballers Union of Botswana (FUB) held its ordinary congress last weekend at which a number of players came out strong to voice their displeasure. The players are worried about their welfare, which has not been improving for some time now.


 Speaking to this publication after their closed session, FUB secretary general, Kgosana Masaseng revealed that the players have given the board a new mandate. “You will note that during our last congress in 2017, players instructed the board to look at the issues relating to overdue payables, unilateral termination of contracts and abuse at the work place,” he said adding that they are now happy that there has been some statutory instruments to address the issues raised by players.


 FUB, according to Masaseng has fought for the introduction of a standard contract to curb unfair treatment meted on players and have also seen the establishment of the National Dispute Resolution Chamber (NDRC), which adjudicates on contractual disputes. To this end, the players gave the board another set of deliverables to work on.  “The congress decided that we must prioritize the issue of full implementation of club licensing that will certainly solve work related issues in our teams,” he said.


Masaseng revealed that the players have made it clear that should clubs continue mistreating them, they (players) do not guarantee that the next league will finish if there is no change to what happened in the just ended season.Official opening the congress, FUB president Onalethata Tshekiso had directed his pot shots to the BPL chairman Jagdish Shah for some unfavourable working conditions in the league under his watch. Tshekiso had decried that as a collective; the league does not care about players but are only interested in them to play regardless of the conditions.


 In his response, Shah said the BPL has reaffirmed its commitment to strengthen dialogue and an inclusive and collaborative approach to decision-making amongst football stakeholders. In the spirit of such commitment, he said, the BPL and FUB have identified key areas for collaboration which shall form the foundations for deepening the administrative collaboration and strengthening the mutual commitments on key shared objectives.


 “We consider FUB to be the employee social dialogue partner for employment-related matters concerning professional players.  As the league, we wish to work with FUB with the objective of further enhancing the union’s capacity to effectively service and represent professional footballers,” he said. BPL and FUB have agreed to work on joint initiatives to achieve the objectives including, but not limited to, the rollout of Club Licensing and the enforcement of the Minimum Contract Requirements as per the FIFA requirements. 


“I am happy to report that as from today, (June 1, 2019) we will see the introduction of a Standard Contract in our league. During my term as chairman, I commit to improving the welfare of the players in the league and promise to continue working with FUB to find long lasting solutions to many of the problems faced by players,” revealed Shah who doubles as president of Township Rollers.

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