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BFA at war with itself

Publishing Date : 27 November, 2017

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

Reform might for a considerable amount of time remain a pipe dream for Botswana Football Association (BFA). Conspiracy theories, back-biting and insubordination still dominate the boardrooms of the association whose executive members still battle to achieve reconciliation of some sort.  


Events leading to the national executive committee meeting of November 17th paint a picture of a BFA house that will prove hard to rebuild. Already, the BFA is riddled with factions and so far, one member, Tshepho Mphoentleng has already fallen from short lived grace. Mphoeng, served in the executive committee and was praised for being a woman of football. She is a well-known confidant of former BFA president, Tebogo Sebego.


WeekendSport has turned out information that led to Mphoeng’s dismissal just a few months after she was brought in to replace Suzie Montsho who left the association citing personal challenges.  A sizeable number of NEC members accused Mphoeng of violating clause 2.9 of the BFA code of conduct by making statements that are seen to be bringing, or having the potential to bring names of the president and those of other members of the NEC into disrepute.


This publication has uncovered that Mphoeng on the 12th of October 2017, in a group email wrote: “Nna NEC e a ntena ka gore everything is left to them, rona (we) are left out…” She continued, “ and even if you try to advice it does not work, I sometimes feel  it is not worth to be in the committee, it is the worst NEC committee I have ever known, so secretive, members are like parcels on board.” The email, seen by this publication is said to have irked BFA president MacLean Letshwiti and eventually compromised her stay in the committee.


However, it is indicated that Mphoeng’s fate will fully be known at the BFA general assembly to be held next year July. The assembly has the powers to ratify or reverse the NEC decisions. Mphoeng said she is not in a position to talk to the media about the move. While various members of the committee almost agree that Mphoeng has made remarks damaging the reputation of the President, what she said of on November 10, just four days before the NEC meeting, might also carry a verdict the football fraternity does not want to accept.


“I am so much concerned about the President and VP 1’s relationship, I suggest we postpone the NEC meeting so that it be held VP1 a le teng, borre ba ba ko ba re bolelele gore go rileng, nna ke ta ba ithoma ba a lapisa (so they inform us what we have done, I will face them, they are a nuisance).”   


Evidently, the BFA President and his immediate Vice, Segolame Ramotlhwa have diverging views regarding the running of the association. No one however wants to shed more light on what might have happened between the two. But a hypothesis of the situation can be traced as far back as April this year when the association was battling to employ a competent Chief Executive Officer (CEO).


It was proudly maintained within the NEC that Letshwiti was fond of Ookeditse Malesu, the former CEO while his two assistants, Segolame Ramotlhwa and Marshlow Motlogelwa preferred a different candidate. Ramotlhwa is believed to have been in and out of the game for some time. In the last NEC meeting, he was not present citing medical complications as his reason for the absence. What this publication could however gather is that Ramotlhwa, one of the football long serving members, might also bite the dust. Efforts to reach him could not bear fruits as his phone was off at the time of going to print.


What really happened on November 17th meeting


Insiders say during the deliberations that culminated in the decision to suspend Mphoeng, a total of 7 NEC members voted that she should be removed from her post. One member, Eatametse Olopeng also voted that she must be let go while second vice president Marshlow Motlogelwa decided to abstain from the voting.  


Sources further reiterated that Mphoeng, Olopeng and Ramotlhwa are teaming up to sabotage BFA regions. This has been kept under wraps for some time until a time Letshwiti’s committee was ready to bring perpetrators to book. The trio is believed to have Motlogelwa’s blessing, something the Vice President has altogether rubbished.

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