Of all the football leagues in sub-Saharan countries to be optimistic about, the most promising is of Botswana. It is emerging that economic and organisational forces are converging together to position the domestic game in a relatively favourable situation.
This comes to the fore following the ever good news that the Botswana Football League(BFL) has been accepted as a bonafide member of the World League Forum(WLF), a football body of professional leagues from around the globe that represents their interest.
The milestone development means that Botswana’s football flagship will now gain global exposure as well as witnessing its commercial growth playing heavily on the international scene.
The Botswana league becomes the eighth member to join the forum after South Africa, Madagascar, Morocco, Algeria, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Egypt.
The Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of BFL Senzo Mbatha revealed that the move into the word league forum became more easier because of the cooperation and understanding shown by his board of directors under the Leadership of Mr Nicolas Zakhem during the facilitation period.
By this progress, we stand greatly to benefit from our membership. It is a magnificent opportunity for us as the league to cooperate and improve our league and learn from the well established leagues and advance our plans in the overall operation and management of the game.
The direct presence of Botswana at the world league space comes after the Football Association gave the league their blessings to stand and operate as an independent entity. The BFL company was registered in 2020 to-among others- professionalise football at the premier level.
The mission of the World Leagues Forum is to represent its members on a world level with the various bodies governing football.
The World Leagues Forum notably focuses the following matters: integrity of the game, governance, rules of the game and the regulation of transfers among others.