The Botswana and Namibia Bid Committee for the 36th Africa Cup of Nations “BONA 2027” wishes to express appreciation for the enquiries received from various media houses.
These enquiries are related to progress made by the joint committee towards preparation of putting together a bid book for the Confederation of African Football’s premier tournament.
The committee informs members of the 4th estate of its commitment and continued efforts to engage all stakeholders in ensuring that high quality and up to par standards required for the submission of the bid are upheld. The committee has vouched to leave no stone unturned; guided by the processes in place to deliver their mandate satisfactorily.
In addition to engagements with principals from both Botswana and Namibia, the football and other sports fraternity bodies, the committee continues to hold stakeholder engagement meetings, with the most recent ones including with the leadership of the City of Francistown, Gaborone and Lobatse; all of which are possible sites to host AFCON matches should the bid be successful. Stakeholder meetings will continue and encompass for example; the business sector, all government ministries, media and the public. The support of these bodies is crucial to the bid process.
Some of the key points discussed during the stakeholder engagements include reiteration of the commitment towards this national project as articulated by Minister of Youth,
Gender, Sport and Culture – Honourable Tumiso Rakgare and his Namibian counterpart Honourable Agnes Tjongarero during the latter’s visit to Botswana for the 56th Independence commemorations.
Though there have been challenges as can be expected with any project of this magnitude,the committee is doing its best to ensure that such are surmounted; to guarantee that the
bid from Botswana and Namibia will be a compelling one.
Several key decisions are to be made at the level of the two Governments, on the conclusion of which, BONA 2027 should be able to take off at a higher speed that will not be missed by anyone, let alone the media and the public.
“Securing the bid has many benefits envisioned for both Botswana and Namibia, and the
mandate to secure the bid is still very much the commitment of BONA 2027 in seeing this
process through”. Mr. Ashford Mamelodi, BONA 27 Chairman.“The committee will soon share outcomes from the various stakeholder meetings held and
announce activities geared at the involvement of all in attaining this mission. An activities
budget has since been submitted and awaits approval of the two respective ministries of
both countries. The committee applauds the support of both governments and the 4th
estate as evidenced by the interest shown in the project and ultimately there will be an
update regarding the key elements attained soon”. BONA 2027 Head Marketing and PR –
Ms. Tshepo Happy Maphanyane.
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