The governing body of football in Botswana, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) says it in talks with the relevant stakeholders regarding the possible return of football activities.
A letter directed to regional football associations, national first division and the premier league secretaries from the BFA Chief Executive Officer’s (CEO) office penned by Thabiso Kebotsamang revealed, “Botswana Football Association is still in dialogue with relevant authorities regarding the return of football activities. We have since been advised to come up with Return to Play Guidelines which will be used by all stakeholders when we return lo play under the current regulations Covid 19 conditions.”
For some time now, the clubs has been allowed to train with a provision that they adhere to Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) protocols in accordance to the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC).
However, competitive footballing activities has been on hold ever since the first lockdown which was imposed around March last year, seeing for the first time in history, a club being awarded premier league championship on a silver platter.
In that respect, the BFA says it is working in collaboration with other stakeholders towards the “process of presenting a safe return to play strategy which will address the conditions applicable when hosting matches under the prevailing Covid 19 protocols.”
“Subject to timeous conclusion of the safe return to play strategy, the BFA is desirous of commencing the 2020/2021 football season in March 2021.”Thabiso Kebotsamang
In the same communique, the BFA indicated that the transfer window will be open until the 12 of February 2021. A number of countries in Africa and around the world has since resumed the competitive footballing activities, while some are already moving towards the second transfer window. After a full year out of action, with the escalating covid-19 cases currently, it remains uncertain whether Botswana will resume competitive footballing activities or not.