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BFA on a witch-hunt exercise- Tariq

Publishing Date : 26 November, 2018

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

Former Botswana Football Association (BFA)’s interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tariq Babitseng has responded to the local mother body  over allegations that he has swindled the financial system while at the helm roughly  four years ago.


The new BFA regime as led by Mac Lean Letshwiti had written about two letters to Babitseng to retire imprest amounting to P 72362.21.  The association requested Babitseng to pay back the money 7 days after receiving the letter. It is reported that Babitseng had his fingers all over the till while on duty with the national team sometimes in July of 2014 at Guinea Bissau. “According to records, you have an outstanding amount of P 72362.21(USD 7257.93) owed to BFA due to unpaid imprest,” BFA letter reads in part.


But when responding, Babitseng who is now the chairman of Lobatse’s Extension Gunners, say he finds BFA‘s demands to be shocking and unwarranted. He is of the view that all records pertaining to the matter are available on BFA files. “This matter was discussed and closed about four years ago. I furnished the association with documents arising from the said trip. You might even recall from your records that an internal reconciliation was undertaken by your then Finance officer whose reconciliation directed that an amount of USD 455.50 was the outstanding difference and the same was then retired to the association coffers,” Babitseng said.


As a parting shot, the football administrator widely seen as Tebogo Sebego (former FA president)’s blue eyed boy, said the association should disassociate itself from the ongoing which hunt exercise which really is the basis of these out-of –time matters. Babitseng said, if the association is aggrieved, it should contact the former Finance officer or BFA past President Tebogo Sebego for further verification. Babitseng however had another related financial case with the association.


The whole money issue started when the Algerian U17 delegation requested for an extra night at Travel Lodge. Their request was granted on condition that they would refund the BFA during the return leg which was played in Algiers in December 2, 2012. Babitseng was chosen as Head of Delegation (HOD). When relating his story in a letter addressed to the BFA vice president finance, management and research, Ngele Ngele, on February 25, 2013, Babitseng said the BFA was never part of the agreement between Travel Lodge and the Algerian federation.


Tariq said Travel Lodge sent a quotation for an extra night together with their banking details to the BFA after the departure of the Algerian U17 team. Their explanation for sending the quotation was because they did not know who to invoice. Notwithstanding the above, Babitseng said in the same letter that he wrote a reminder to the Algerian federation demanding that they settle the bill at Travel Lodge.


In Babitseng’s letter dated 27 November 2012 he said, “This is to inform you of an outstanding bill that was paid by your delegation during their stay in Botswana. This was for the 6th night as the Botswana Federation paid for their 5 days stay according to FIFA & CAF regulations. We request that you give the money to our Head of Delegation Tokyo Modise”.


Algeria settled the account as they gave Tokyo Modise USD 2 734.00 which he tried to give to the BFA accounts department upon return. According to Babitseng, one Eric Makgale directed Modise to the then acting CEO as the matter did not involve the association but Travel Lodge.

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