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BPL appoints new CEO

Publishing Date : 12 August, 2019

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

In shocking turn of events, Botswana Premier League (BPL) board is expected to unveil Raymond Tsheko, former Mochudi Centre Chiefs chairman, as their next Chief Executive Officer (CEO), sources have told WeekendSport.

Tsheko, who is a new entrant in the freshly re-established management committee of the league, is recruited to succeed the out-going Thabo Ntshinogang. It is reported that Ntshinogang is likely to be re-deployed to the football association’s secretariat conceivably as a deputy to Mfolo Mfolo, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) CEO.The thinking behind Tsheko’s appointment hinges on the very basic factor that he has been a BPL board member for too long, reports claim.


It is believed that the premier league’s  plum post need a football administrator of high caliber who can also bulldoze and man manage the affairs of the league. It is said Ntshinogang’s fall cannot be equated to that of a man who has dismally failed the organization, but because of his honesty and pragmatism, he could not handle the changing dynamics of the league affairs especially the issue of fixtures. However, when asked about the unfolding events, Ntshinogang answered in one sentence:  “I have got no clue.” Conversely, it is not yet clear whether Tsheko will accept the call to assume the role of a post that is far demanding. But he is seen as an upright, able-man who can control the often stubborn board of governors and shield the eye of the sponsor.


As things stand, the premier league is set to feed from the bread crumbs of the BTCL sponsorship who are not currently willing to commit further. The BTCL sponsorship will be cut from P12 million to P5M in the 2019-2020 season with no amount of reason explained from the side of the premier league.
The BTCL, on the other hand said they are cutting down the sponsorship terms largely because of the negative publicity they have endured as the partner of BFA. Reports indicate that ‘Styles’ as he is affectionately called, became a victim of circumstance when forced to deal with matters involving the BTCL sponsorship.  The outgoing CEO once saw himself caught between a rock and a hard place when trying to satisfy the demands of the sponsor. It is said the sponsor, before they dropped a bombshell, asked for a fixture in which they can be allowed to activate their services.


Ntshinogang was forced to tinker with fixtures so that Township Rollers vs Gaborone United as a block buster affair, be moved from its initial date to suit the timing of the sponsor. While it is clear that Ntshinogang was acting upon directives, he was caught off-guard as the decision was to later turn few heads.
Sources say Ntshinogang was supposed to be charged but survived the wrath of the storm when the new premiership leadership was elected. He is seen as a man of integrity and this saved him from being axed from Lekidi Football Centre, reports claim. When reached for comment, Tsheko said this is news to him and it should be just be treated as a rumor and an information without base. “I don’t want to waste my time thinking about it. I do not imagine myself as the CEO,” Tsheko said.
 

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