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BFA finances checkered

Publishing Date : 04 April, 2018

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

Botswana Football Association (BFA) is still struggling to put its house in order with its financial department heavily affected and still in disarray, an internal audit report conducted by Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) has revealed.


The report has found out that there is lack of segregation of roles that ultimately leads to fraud together with insufficient accountability if the procurement is not handled by the right person for the job. This has also lead to the association failing to adequately retire funds back to BNSC by the end of the 2017 financial year.


The commission has therefore recommended that the BFA management ensures best practices are put in place. The anomaly where nobody knows what they are doing at the finances offices has drastically left the association battling financial doldrums. It is discovered that the association has outstanding retirements of over P 9 00 000.00 to BNSC, an issue that has raised alarm at the heart of the association. BFA says it is working around the clock to rectify mistakes and administrative lapses that saw BNSC expressing serious misgivings about their financial dealings.


The association as driven by business mogul MacLean Letshwiti once conceded that the new administration had inherited serious debt that risked the association’s relationship with BNSC. Even the sport commission itself acknowledges in the report that the association has long term liabilities of over P 10 million that have been carried forward over the years.  The same P10 million deficit has brought serious consequences where the association failed to pay Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS) taxes amounting to close to P 3 million some time last year.  The association has however indicated that it has since worked out a payment plan with the tax man.


While the association is determined to implement a restructuring exercise, the commission has also found out that they were 35 full time BFA employees. However, the disappointment has always been that the association is without official structure that clearly lays out the chain of authority and the roles and responsibilities.


The report also indicated that these staff members were sometimes given overtime allowances but no records were submitted concerning the evaluation of their work. In fact the commission noted that there was excessive amount of overtime paid to which it was advised that the BFA management must ensure that all Head of Departments (HODs) monitor overtime worked by their staff. The commission also recommends that there should be adequate justification for authorization of overtime.


It is noted that there is continuous cash flow problems which keep on increasing and failure to pay taxes and suppliers but management of expenses such as overtime are not addressed or reduced. The far reaching consequences of these are that there are some suppliers working with BFA but their contracts have expired. Three companies were reported to be working with the association, but without any signed agreement.


Notwithstanding this, no deadlines have been set for the association to right all wrongs. If the Letshwiti led association does not hasten to put things on track, BFA may find itself in deeper financial trouble than ever. Just recently Zebras players have started demanding appearance fees for the past COSAFA tournament.

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