BONA 2027 Finalizes Projection Costs

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The Botswana-Namibia (BONA) 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) bid committee has concluded the procurement process report which mainly provides cost projections of hosting the 36th edition of the cup.

The committee concluded the report during their 4th in person meeting that was convened in Windhoek, Namibia on the 21st of November 2022 as way to map forward preparation for the African showpiece.

Briefing this publication in an interview, Committee Member, Tuelo Serufho who is also the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) explained that the procurement report entails the key aspects that will aid in determining the cost of undertaking the facilities audit and ultimately provide a clear picture of what both countries should expect in terms of project cost.

He indicated that though the process is concluded, the evaluation committee is however finalising the report which will then be presented to the committee before it can be shared with principals of both custodian ministries (Botswana and Namibia).

Serufho noted that, although the facilities audit is not a Confederation of African Football (CAF) requirement, BONA 2027 is of the view that both Namibia and Botswana stand to benefit immensely from the audit.

“Our committee is determined to do all within its power to provide all necessary information, not only to AFCON’s governing body but also to Botswana and Namibia governments to ascertain the feasibility of hosting the showpiece in terms of costs, a requirement to put forth a compelling bid book,” he said.

Besides the procurement report issue, the BONA 2027 meeting was also meant to announce the 8 bid ambassadors from both two (2) countries. The committee decided to have two males and two females from both sides as bid ambassadors. Botswana announced Diphethogo Dipsy Selolwane and Jerome Ramatlhakwane (both former Zebras players) while for the ladies they appointed The Mares head coach Gaolethoo Nkutlwisang and her captain Bonang Bebeto Otlhagile.

“These names were given to us by the Botswana Football Association (BFA) because they are the custodian of the local football therefore, we decided to give them the task of selecting in that regard,” he indicated.

Meanwhile Serufho indicated that the Lobatse Sports Complex, the National Stadium as well as the Obed Itani Chilume stadium were recently inspected by CAF on a stadium inspection mission. As Botswana and Namibia have signed the Memorandum of Understanding in their bid to host the 2027 AFCON, a report on stadium safety and security is imperative.

“The delegation visited the two stadiums and the tour concluded with a visit to Obed Itani Chilume stadium in Francistown and the feedback is expected to be presented to the BNSC in due course,” he said.

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