Botswana are counting losses running into hundreds of millions in the wake of their failed bid to secure the AFCON 2027 hosting rights
Botswana are counting huge losses in the wake of their failed bid to win the hosting rights of the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations which was awarded to Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania’s ‘EAC Pamoja Bid'.
According to reports in the country’s media, Botswana spent P61 million (Ksh659,777,113) on producing their 2027 Africa Cup of Nations bid book which went down the drain following their failure to secure the hosting rights.
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In the wake of the failed bid, the government has come under heavy criticism for spending the huge sum but the South African firm, Ruben Reddy Architects, which secured the contract to produce the 569-page bid document, has defended the cost.
"The proposal to prepare the bid book is based on a resource plan and associated costs to undertake the production of the project. This includes the cost of specific expertise in sports bidding," Ruben Reddy, the owner of the South African company, told Botswana outlet Mmegi Sport.
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Botswana Sports Minster Tumiso Rakgare had in May said that Ruben Reddy Architects quoted P65,656,550 (Ksh710,142,443) to develop the bid document.
This was based on the 60:40 principle agreed between Namibia and Botswana before, the former ditched the joint bid over fears of high cost, leaving the latter to foot the entire bill.
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Ruben Reddy Architects had approximately 30 days to produce the three-volume book. Reddy clarified that such tight time frames and resource requirements are common for international sports bids.
Botswana had high hopes in Ruben Reddy Architects who have a lot of experience in producing winning bids. They produced documents for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Commonwealth Games, and the Russia 2018 World Cup.
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However, they were not successful this time as the Pamoja Bid secured the rights with Botswana, Senegal, Egypt, and Algeria missing out.
The bid book, which had outlined cost estimations for all infrastructure upgrades, was submitted to the Confederation of African Football by Botswana 2027 Africa Cup of Nations bid committee chairperson Ashford Mamelodi.