The Nhabe Regional Football Association (NRFA) Committee, which was re-elected back in office over the weekend has committed to executing their plans which it promised to fulfill. Top on its list are securing sponsorship for the region and developing the plot allocated to the association.
The entire NRFA committee of 2019/22 was re-elected for the second term in office for the next four years, after defeating Kgato Motai’s lobby team at the Regional Elective Assembly held in Maun recently.
Norman Sebele retained his chairmanship position after defeating Motai with 39 votes against his 5. Sebele defeated Motai for the second time after the first drubbing in 2019.
Positions of secretary and treasurer were unopposed, thereby automatically catapulting the incumbents Maipelo Malatlhe and Kelebogile Sashozi back in office for the positions respectively.
Josphat Jackalas was re-elected vice chairperson after defeating Balebi Setlolo with 28 votes to s 17 votes. Former division one league secretary, Tebogo Mogaetsho was then elected Vice Secretary after defeating Shakawe stream secretary Tlhokomelang Ngaka with 28 votes against her 17 votes.
Malebogo Bojosi and Matshelo Setsile were elected additional members after collecting 30 votes and 28 votes respectively from a not so easy contest against Paris Tshwenyego from Shakawe stream who scored 18 votes. There were only two vacant positions for additional members.
Meanwhile, Sebele has appreciated the trust that the clubs have on his team as evidenced by the mandate given for a second term in office. Sebele revealed that they are currently in talks with a potential investor for a long term sponsorship, adding that the sponsor will be unveiled to the clubs soon.
“The greatest commodity in all our goals is money therefore we continue to engage corporate partners to sponsor our leagues. We can attest that in the previous season, some of these efforts paid off as we received assistance in hosting our division one play-offs and our participation at the northern block play-offs,” he pointed out.
Sebele believes that for the region to move forward, there is need for close collaboration for the association’s plot to be developed with fund promised by the Botswana Football Association (BFA).
Meanwhile, Motai who sought a return, promised to support the elected committee going forward.
He challenged them to work hard to develop the association’s allocated plot rather than to wait for assistance from BFA. He also opined that BFA must concentrate on developing and growing small clubs than focusing on bigger teams in the Premier League.
“Development is key, therefore small teams such as the likes of Western Dynamites, Mohembo United and Gumare Westside spurs just to mention a few, should be given priority in terms of development and funding to ensure that they grow to be like Township Rollers,” he stressed.
Meanwhile the Botswana Football Association (BFA) CEO, Mfolo Mfolo revealed that the association will soon train two administrators from the Nhabe Region who will work with the association on issues of administration.
He added that BFA will also make sure that regional associations are given all the necessary support to ensure that they don’t fail on their mandate.