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Bontshetse considers BFA plum post

Publishing Date : 11 June, 2019

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

The fight to solidify and persist in Botswana Football Association (BFA) supremacy took another fresh twist this week after long standing member in the game, Maokaneng Bontshetse was asked by BFA northern regions to contest for the position of Vice President.


Maokaneng is seen as a confidante of current BFA president MacLean Letshwiti. He is currently serving as the chairman of (Francistown Regional Football Association) FRAFA. The lobbyfor Maokaneng follows reports that Segolame Ramotlhwa will not be contesting in next year’s elections. Bontshetse is believed to be thrilled by this sudden idea and it would seem his candidature is set to be a two-pronged assault on Tebogo Sebego’s team orchestrated by the ‘godfathers’ of football.


Certain football soldiers under Letshwiti’s leadership are believed to be ensuring that he groups high profile names to solidify his candidacy in running for re-election. Bontshetse, who was once the respected Tonota FC founding member and also its financer is seen as a better football administrator with executive knowledge and can help tame BFA’s ever growing factions and corruption allegations recorded year in and year out.


“Well I have received so many calls to stand for one of the VP posts, and I can tell you I’m still considering it.   I am also looking at the reputation of BFA right now and I do not like it because people are factionalists but I think football deserves better. In recent years, I have seen the image of BFA fluctuating  and as I speak to many people in football-to players and coaches-so many of those people have told me something has to be done,” said Bontshetse.  


Maokaneng who is also a valued founding member of Zebras Supporters club and also part of the committee that first brought network providers Mascom into football, said he is also considering the move so as to protect the reputation of the current president.  He sees Letshwiti as an able man who can further transform football in the country.


He believes there is nothing wrong at the association except that people tend to serve their interests than that of football. He wants to administer football development at the regional level in which every of the region will run independently. And that can only be possible after he answers the region’s call. Should Bontshetse accept the invite, there will be no doubt that these coming elections are therefore going to be a straight fight between two factions of the association and Bontshetse will be prepared to face seemingly insurmountable odds.


However, the former parliamentary candidate arguably could win a public vote for the Vice presidency, having obtained countrywide popularity for his exploits on the field particularly at the Francistown region. Bontshetse’s early entry into the race will expect to remove the threat of virtual coronation for Letshwiti, who himself does not want to declare his next move yet. The platform afforded by a tilt at the executive committee might help his cause or it could backfire if Ramotlhwa, who has backed many football administrators from either side, campaigns against him on that front.

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