It is a thought that for a moment I struggled to support. However I believe that for progressive sports lovers 2013 will go down as one of the best years for sports.
Botswana Football Association and its affiliates take the top award for being the best newsmakers in 2013.
Football proceedings were carried out at courts of law instead of play grounds as clubs and football administrators were awoken from their slumber by the newly elected Tebogo Sebego leadership.
Sebego’s arrival at the helm of football has prompted local football administrators to pay much attention to the constitution and playing rules and regulations.
This was the beginning of professionalism. Professionalism in sport or football in particular used to be a fancy topic discussed by self appointed administrators who were happy to sell club merchandise from their car boots.
There was no hurry; official business could always be postponed until that fateful day when Police XI and Security Systems’ affiliation to BFA was terminated.
Administrators and journalists alike perused the constitution; for many for the first time ever.
BFA’s blunders in 2013 were just too many to mention. However one can’t be in awe of the quantity of the chaff, while they should be celebrating the quality of the wheat.
The privatization of Township Rollers, Mochudi Centre Chiefs and BMC to join Gaborone United who are the trendsetters is something that needs to be celebrated.
Although there are outstanding court cases with regard to this futuristic move the arrival of men like Jagdish Shah and Sayed Jamali cannot be brushed aside.
The Botswana Premier League exported a couple of players to different leagues mainly in South Africa.
Of note should be players who got contracts in DRC after an eventful two legged match between Mochudi Centre Chiefs and TP Mazembe.
This was a first for Botswana and one can only hope many players will find employment in DRC and be in the radar of the French league. Dirang Moloi, Mara Moloi, Mirror Shimanyana, Galagwe Moyana, Jerome Ramatlhakwana are some of the players who signed better offers.
After so many years the first division finally has a financial sponsor in Debswana.
The arrival of the mining company at the first division will definitely help enhance the standard of football the lower ranks.
With cash injection, there will be a need for sound administration and cases of teams not honoring fixtures should be a thing of the past. Corporate sponsorship cuts across all sports codes with companies like Banc ABC, Mascom, Orange, Spar and Choppies injecting millions of Pula to grow sport.
While the negatives are too many to mention, lack of a youth league is a critical issue that the BFA leadership needs to address as a matter of urgency in 2014.
Netball won the bid to host the 2015 Africa Netball Championship
Gaborone will be the host of over 50 countries for the Africa Youth Games in May 2014
Amantle Montsho once again showed her world dominance in 800m by winning the Samsung Diamond League