The Botswana Football Association (BFA) is preparing to hold its elective general assembly next month (October 10, 2020) and footballers remain on the periphery of the contest. Although football players would like to be involved in most of the decision-making in football, Footballers Union of Botswana (FUB) refuses to be a full member of the national football association.
"Despite our choice, FUB is still able to advocate for motions, debate them or submit proposals in line with players’ interests at the BFA general assembly,"Masaseng said.
FUB President, Onalethata Tshekiso, who is a former senior national team player, further explains this choice, “we opted to be associate members because full membership was going to constrain us from fully representing the interest of our members.”
FUB decided against a full membership as the union was going to be bound by collective responsibility even on matters that adversely affect the players.
Tshekiso revealed that currently, players' interests are covered by the collective bargaining agreement.
“We have a strong social dialogue platform which we are comfortable with because we sit in all committees that make determinations on players’ welfare,” he said. The relationship between FUB and BFA improved in recent years and it saw a number of retired players roped into key structures of the association.
It was only in 2010 that in Botswana, players’ interests could officially be given audience within the football administrative structures. That new era was caused by the establishment of FUB. Across the world, players had remained largely un-unionized until 1965 when FIFPRO, an international federation representing their rights was established.