The Botswana and Namibia Bid Committee for the 36th Africa Cup of Nations “BONA 2027” continues to put in the much needed work ahead of submitting their joint bid for the Confederation of African Football’s flagship tournament. A first for both countries, BONA 2027 stems from the collaboration of The Ministry of Youth, Gender, Sport and Culture (MYSC) and the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service of Namibia. The Bid committee will on September 28th, host a significant meeting with key stakeholders including the two custodian ministries; to determine progress made since the Bid committee was instituted earlier this year.
Driven by the need to ensure complete exploitation of both nations’ full potential in meeting the rigorous bid requirements, the agenda for the scheduled meeting will encompass deliberations related to crucial aspects of the committee’s mandate to deliver a comprehensive and compelling bid. This entails synergised efforts towards important success factors including the status of the undertaken steps towards the necessary Facilities Audit for Botswana and Namibia, a meaningful hosting vision and strategy that outlines the involvement and support of the various structures beyond the football fraternity.
“Hosting a tournament of this magnitude calls for all sectors and the populace of the two nations to rally behind the ambitious efforts of Botswana and Namibia governments in realising the dream of securing the bid, thus we look forward to our engagement with our Namibian counterparts,” said Mr. Ashford Mamelodi, BONA 2027 Chairperson.
“Beyond the arduous efforts and financial input required, we cannot overlook the positive effects of hosting the tournament that will be for all to enjoy”, hence the committee’s commitment in putting the bid together with all the stakeholders input.” To this point, the committee has had numerous stakeholder engagements encompassing briefing sessions with Botswana National Sport Commission, Botswana Football Association, Botswana National Olympic Committee, Botswana Tourism Organisation and Football Union Botswana.