- BFA has furnished the bank with a proposal
- FNB likely to focus on women
With negotiations between and the Botswana Football (BFA) and First National Bank Botswana (FNBB) almost done and dusted, the BFA’s robust plans to lure sponsors and partners to Lekidi is taking a giant leap of faith, Global Sport has learnt.
While those at the negotiations table are still cagey about the details of an impending deal, impeccable sources have told this publication that in principle the two have indeed agreed a deal. The contract, according to those in the know, will be tailor-made for women football, especially at development level.
“The proposal was sent at the same time the Choppies one was sent and they were for specific means – development. Choppies opted for boys and FNB will be with women,” a source told this paper this week.
It is still unclear as to whether the bank will splash money into football but it is highly rumoured that they will sponsor in kind.
BFA chief executive Mfolo Mfolo was tight-lipped despite being pressed by this paper. “We are still cooking,” he said. “We will share with you when the time is right. We have sent them a proposal to look at.”
The sponsorship format, according to those in the know, will be similar to the one with Choppies. The superstore is taking care of boys under 15, 17 and 20 with all their needs while in the camp. The multinational bank will reportedly follow the same route but on the women’s side.
“Ever since the Letshwiti administration assumed office, there has been a general belief that they don’t want women’s football to grow but this partnership that will prove the doubting Thomases wrong,” a source added.
The partnership with the two companies is expected to make the job much easier for the football expert who will arrive in June. This will be part of his deliverables to chart a roadmap for the association’s development agenda. This will include setting up developmental teams in the five hubs of this country and ensure that they compete regularly.
Development was Letshwiti’s catchphrase building up to the 2016 BFA elections in which he beat the then incumbent Tebogo Sebego to assume the association’s leadership.