The President of the Botswana football Association, Maclean Letshwiti announced on Tuesday December 29, that the Botswana Premier League will resume in February 2021.
The outbreak of COVID-19 in March this year has created a negative impact as football in the continent and Botswana in particular came to a halt.
But after a long period without football, the Botswana football Association and the Botswana Premier League are confident about making a return to the turf as they are building momentum with the organization of promotional play offs as litmus test.
However; the league’s return will still require final clearance from the Botswana health authorities.
“The Coronavirus pandemic has truly changed the way we do things. It has forced us to move our football season to become a February/November season, So we have set the wheels in motion to start all the leagues from February next year, for us to be in alignment with the FIFA, CAF and COSAFA calendars”, said Letshwiti
“We have so far completed dry runs on how the leagues will resume and operate. Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, we’ve also stage promotional play offs and they were all successful, without any teething problems. Quite gratifying is that the games are across zones. We intend to start the FA cup semifinal in January and we will further engaged with health authorities for guidance. I can confidently reveal that all the leagues will be starting sometime around the first or second weeks of February 2021”, he added.
It should be noted that the Botswana national team was involved in a double header of the AFCON qualifiers against Zambia which they lost the away tie 2-1 but came back powerfully to the beat their opponents 1-0 in the return leg.
They currently occupy position number 3 in group H with four points in four AFCON qualifying matches.