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BFA’s CEO headache

Publishing Date : 06 January, 2020

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

A UEFA delegation that came at the invite of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) last month, has left a damaging report on the table of Mfolo Mfolo, the Chief Executive Officer of the Association. The recommendations, among others, concludes that he should be relieved of his duties- sources have informed WeekendSport.

Mfolo, a long time blue eyed boy of the President of the Association MacLean Letshwiti, has a few months ago, signed a contract extension that does not expire until 2021. The sanctions come at a time when the Association is seriously struggling for stability. The UEFA delegation is said to have given this report that also came as a shock on the part of the Association.

Mfolo was recruited and seconded by the Government in 2016, to steadily navigate the Association’s administrative ship to calmer waters. Ordinarily, sources put it that Mfolo could be sacked but the difficulty is that he is fresh from penning a new deal. It is indicated that the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Association is preparing notes that are meant to assess the recommendations of the UEFA crew. It is claimed that Mfolo, although smart in his own right, lacked the knack to face and confront the often stubborn NEC when football politics were rife.

However, some high ranking players within the Association caution the Association to treat Mfolo’s matter with caution. It is said that the issue might turn political and this might risk the Association’s peace, considering it is going for election in 2020. When reached for comment, Mfolo remained calm, as is always, and did not share much information. “I can only talk in 2020,” he said. To fire Mfolo as the report states, will mean that the Association will need to headhunt an equally capable leader. It is in this instance that some members are recommending that someone like Thapelo Lippe be recruited. The CEO post is one difficult position that has given the Association’s adjudicators sleepless nights from time immemorial.
 Except for Thabo Ntshinogang and Ashford Mamelodi, no other CEO has managed to complete their three year tenure with the Association, often times riddled by factions. Mfolo’s fall from grace will bring the number of failed BFA CEOs to eight. Duncan Kgame, Keith Masters, Thuso Dikgaka, Judge Mookodi, Mooketsi Kgotele and Kitso Kemoeng, Ookeditse Malesu are among the CEOs who failed to see their contractual agreements through, but instead had their contracts terminated.

Mfolo is however believed to be academically astute to direct Letswhiti’s vision. His firm grasp of principle, as witnessed at a time when Township Rollers was battling an identity crisis, although ending up on a losing side, has earned him a ‘screaming’ reputation. BFA said, “Mfolo Mfolo is a focused and reliable leader in his own right, having worked for Government for twenty two (22) years.” He has vast experience in Project Management, Risk Management, Monitoring and Evaluation and Quality Assurance. This resonated well with the management of BFA projects under the tutelage of FIFA and CAF. He has been involved in football circles as an Administrator and is credited with a Certificate in Advanced Coaching. 

Mfolo was seen as an avivid administrator who is a graduate of Masters of Business Administration (MBA).He is widely versed in areas of Management, Marketing, Accounts, Economics, Finance and Company Law. 

 

 

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