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‘Friends of football’ eyes BFA ball

Publishing Date : 07 August, 2018

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

A carefully laid strategy in a football camp known as Friends of Football famously led by former President of the Football Association Tebogo Sebego is coming to play itself out should Tariq Babitseng win a position of Gunners chairmanship as campaigns intensify.


Babitseng is a well-known blue-eyed boy of Sebego who served under his administration -first as an acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) - and later as Vice President- Administration of the BFA. It is however reported that Extension Gunners membership is fighting tooth and nail to oust Babitseng whom they accuse as a ‘bought’ member of Gunners. It is instead said that Babitseng is a bonafide member of Molepolole based outfit Masitaoka FC, now playing in the lower tier.


Babitseng eyes an opportunity to serve in the Premier League Board of Governors where he is expected to team-up with his master, Sebego who will hold a tag of Notwane S.C.  Sources claim that the idea is to wrestle power and control of the premier league, a football structure that apparently cost the regime votes in the closely contested BFA elections in August of 2016.


It is also an open secret that Township Rollers President who also doubles as a financer of the club, Jagdish Shah is eyeing the BFA presidency seat in the event that Mac Lean Letshwiti chooses not to contest. But it is noted that the duo [Sebego and Babitseng], without doubt, can form a formidable partnership that can later cause a major upset during BFA  elections for the other group in 2020. However, there are handful members of Gunners supporters who feel Babitseng is a black sheep of Botswana football who can never be entrusted with demanding posts.


The pencil slim administrator lost election in 2016 in a closely contested battle against Marshlow Motlogelwa by 32-28. He was campaigning for the seat of BFA’s second Vice President. When reached for clarity, Babitseng confirms that he is a Gunners card carrying member who is given a mandate to turn the club’s fortunes around. “Yes, of course I was with Masitaoka and my success with that team is well documented, I am now with Gunners to take the team back to its glory days,” he said.


Babitseng refused to talk more about BFA political strategies, but stated that he is well aware of people who are planting malicious information about his name. “ Honestly, I cannot talk about BFA issues because I am not even interested, my energy is with Gunners, I know that some football administrators formerly with Gunners and now at BFA are out to fight with me, but there should know that I have a mandate with Gunners,” he concluded.


Sebego once told this publication that it is just hearsay that he is campaigning for the BFA plum post again. He said: “I’m dealing with my law firm but I’m not lost to football I keep sharing information with some because of my experience. I like imparting knowledge to others be it secretariat or about the laws of the game. But for now I’m just relaxed with my business.”


He further stated that: “For now I am out of football and I am relaxed I do not want to be involved in football wrangles, but whenever there is something that is failing the incumbent attributes it to the past leadership. We have been in the game and football growth is a concern. There should be culture of respect, Fani (David) has never castigated Makgelemele (Philip) and I never did the same on Fani it is courtesy or humility.”

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