Botswana in CAF Confed Cup dilemma

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By Bakang Mhaladi

Gaborone - Botswana faces a dilemma in choosing the country’s next representative in the CAF Confederations Cup, following the introduction of another knock-out competition this season.

Traditionally, the winners of the Mascom Top 8, represent the country at the continental competition, reserved for clubs, which win their country’s premier cup competition.

The Mascom Top 8 Cup, is contested for, by clubs that finish inside the top eight in the league competition.

However, in November, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) sealed a deal with cellular services provider, Orange Botswana, for the return of the Football Association tournament, after an eight year absence.

Previously, the winners of the FA Cup represented Botswana in the Confederations Cup.

But after it was discontinued due to Coca Cola pulling out as a sponsor, the Mascom Top 8 has been used a ticket to the Confederations Cup.

BFA president, Maclean Letshwiti said the issue is under discussion as there is no solution thus far.

“I do not have an answer (as to who will represent the country in the Confederations Cup).  The issue is still under discussion,” Letshwiti told a local radio station this week.

The Orange FA Cup will see 48 teams participate, meaning the BFA might be forced to revert to the old arrangement, where the winners participate in the Confederations Cup.

The Mascom Top 8 only attracts the top eight teams, but the country is assured of a top flight side in the CAF competition, if the BFA settles for the Top 8 tournament.

Teams from the lower tiers are allowed to participate in the Orange FA Cup, which adds a dilemma, as it would not be ideal for a side in the second or third division to represent the country in high level CAF competition.

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