Newly elected Francistown Football Regional Committee Chairperson, Maokaneng Bontshetse, has ambitious plans to improve the standard of football in the area.
Speaking to Voice Sport on Wednesday afternoon as he prepared for his new committee’s first-ever meeting Bontsheste was highly critical of the current state of the sport in the Francistown region, saying “The state of football in the region is in crisis, in fact it’s on its death bed but we plan to resurrect it. To do this my committee and I will engage all stake holders. Clubs, local authorities and the local business committee all have a contribution to make and we will do our best to facilitate them.”
A frustrated Bontshetse went on to say, “There is no office from which the regional committee can runs its affairs, the youth development structures have collapsed, women’s football is as good as dead and worst of all we have no club in the premier league. Things need to improve and we will do our best to see that it happens.”
Bontshetse, who plans to hand over the day-to-day running of his first Division club Tonota FC to his brother so that he is free to concentrate on running the region, added that his committee intends to train more youth coaches, get first division clubs to have development teams, organise and run youth leagues in the region and work to lure business houses in the Francistown area into putting some money into the game.
“We need youth coaches to nurture the abundant talent we have in our region. The junior teams and youth league to give the young players the necessary playing experience needed for them to develop into quality players. To achieve this we need money and the business houses can help us in that regard,” he said.
Quizzed to clarify what he would do differently from his predecessors to pull business into football he said, “We should invite them to our events, like when the Zebras are in town and give them VVIP seats so that they can interact with our ministers and sports administrators and gain an understanding of what we are doing and of what we need. At the moment we seem to expect them to come to us when in fact it should be us doing our best to engage them.”