The Midweek Sun
Botswana ready for CAF delegation
Gears up for the ultimate showdown with Algeria, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda
Botswana has set its sights on hosting the prestigious Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Finals in 2027 with a lot of effort and resources having gone into the bid thus far. With the Confederation of African Football (CAF) setting inspection timelines from 1st June to 15th July, the country is leaving no stone unturned in its quest to showcase its capabilities to both Africa and the world.
In a strategic move, the Bid Committee, in collaboration with renowned Lead Consultant, Ruben Reddy Architects, has assembled a powerhouse Working Committee. Comprising key role players from various government departments and the Botswana Football Association (BFA), this team is leaving nothing to chance. Their primary mission? To flawlessly orchestrate the preevaluation preparations, ensuring that the Bid Technical Committee (BIDCO) is ready for any challenges that may come their way.
According to a press release from the BIDCO this week, no time has been wasted to embarking on a series of visits to potential host venues. With a goal to enlighten the authorities about the impending CAF Evaluation visit and discuss the crucial roles they will play during this momentous occasion, the BIDCO is currently hard at work. On Thursday, 8 June 2023, the BIDCO delegation held exhilarating discussions with officials in Ramotswa and Lobatse. But the momentum doesn’t stop there. BIDCO’s journey continues, with future consultations planned in Mogoditshane, Gaborone, Francistown, Kasane, Maun, and Jwaneng.
But it doesn’t end with BIDCO’s efforts alone. “A dedicated team, comprising representatives from the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) and skilled engineers from the Ministry of Transport and Public Works, is all set to embark on a meticulous inspection process. Starting from Thursday, 15th June 2023, this team will visit all potential host venues, leaving no corner unexplored,” the press statement reads. Their mission is to ensure that these venues meet the highest standards, facilitating any necessary minor maintenance work to guarantee an impeccable experience.
While the exact dates of the CAF inspection team’s visit remain unknown, Botswana seems to be ready. With meticulous preparations and unwavering determination, the nation aims to make this visit a seamless affair that will leave the CAF delegation awe-struck.
In a testament to Botswana’s unwavering spirit, the Ministry of Youth, Gender, Sport, and Culture has unveiled a captivating new logo. This emblem, symbolizing Botswana’s independent pursuit of hosting AFCON 2027, takes center stage in the Bid Book. As preparations ramp up, this emblem will grace every aspect of the event, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all those involved. From official letterheads to promotional materials, the logo radiates Botswana’s passion and commitment to hosting an unforgettable AFCON.
However, the path to victory is not without its challenges.” Botswana faces stiff competition from Algeria and the formidable East African trio of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.” With Egypt withdrawing from the race, the stakes are higher than ever. But Botswana is ready to rise to the occasion, armed with determination and a burning desire to etch its name in African football history.
As the inspection dates draw closer, Botswana’s preparations reach a crescendo. The nation’s spirit is palpable, and anticipation fills the air. With the clock ticking, Botswana is poised to dazzle the CAF delegation, leaving an indelible mark on their hearts and minds. The stage is set, and Botswana is ready to shine as Africa’s footballing jewel in 2027.