Somolekae Charts His Path

| January 19, 2015

Botswana Premier League (BPL) needs purposeful leaders, who have the vision to take the game to greater heights.

New BPL chairperson, Arnold Somolokae, said in a Wednesday press briefing that leading the league needed absolute commitment and cooperation by members. Somolokae said the development of professional football and good administration could help individual teams to move forward.

“I am well aware that the premier league board is comprised of chairpersons of competing teams, and that football itself is a sport of emotions. This should not make us fail, therefore I encourage all members to work as a team,” he said.

He said they had already sent a position paper to the Botswana Football Association about the autonomy of the league, adding that the matter was still being negotiated.

So far, he said, the issue had been discussed at BFA assembly and now awaiting action by its president. Somolokae added that statute, play rules and regulations were also adopted at premier league assembly last year.

Concerning CAF participation, Somolokae said Township Rollers and BDF XI would represent the county. “We are delighted to have these two teams representing us and I will urge them to go there and compete, their games are scheduled for February and we wish them best of luck,” he said.

He said BPL did not have funds to help the two teams, but be MOBILE had already given P200 000 to Township Rollers who were the league winners. BPL, chief executive officer, Bennett Mamelodi said it was part of the strategy to put forward their effort to attract more people to the stadia.

He said they had come up with a strategy termed “starting eleven,” which would include, amongst others, assisting clubs with designing programmes that would attract women. Mamelodi said this would be done through their children and the association.

“The more the women they attract to their matches, the more men will come to meet those women, and the number would increase,” he said. He said another pointer was that, they planned to assist clubs to realise that the moment they filled up stadium with registered members, the easier it will be to sell sponsorship opportunities. BOPA

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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