Football Contributes to Economy

| April 2, 2015

Football, like any other sectors of the economy, can contribute immensely to the national economy through job creation.

In an interview during a Botswana Football Association (BFA) consultative meeting with stakeholders in Hukuntsi recent, a BFA National Executive Committee official, Oathusa Baoke said it was common knowledge that the standard of football in the country had reached a satisfactory level.

He noted that professional footballers, technical support staff and administrators can now put food on the table through football.

“It is now clear that football as one of the sporting code in Botswana has created jobs for Batswana therefore boasting the economy,” he added.

Baoke said as part of diversifying the economy through football, BFA has committed its scarce resources towards the development of youth in football and cited the recent start of youth leagues in other parts of the country.

He added that the BFA believes that football which starts from grass roots has profitable results of turning into a profession. He noted that so far, BFA has made a notable stride in youth development because a registered youth league is entitled to a financial support of P8 000.

He noted that the strategy aimed at encouraging young people to be involved in football. The government on the other side has supported BFA financially especially in youth development to turn football into a performing sector of the economy.

He cited Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) programmes such as Re Ba Bona Ha and School of Excellence as some commendable efforts by the government aimed at growing football. Baoke, who is also the chairperson of Ghanzi Land Board appealed to business community, private sector, civil society and the community to give football support through sponsorships.

Meanwhile, the Member of Parliament for Kgalagadi North, Itumeleng Moipisi raised a concern that the beMOBILE Premier League does not have footballers from Kgalagadi, a situation he said, needed urgent remedial measure.

He also decried lack of good sports facilities such as stadia in Kgalagadi.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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