Monday, September 27, 2021

BFA CEO in the lap of luxury?

In just a few weeks after being appointed the Botswana Football Association (BFA) chief executive officer (CEO) at the troubled association, the incumbent Goabaone Taylor is allegedly on a spending spree. 

Sunday Standard has learnt that since her appointment following the sacking of Mfolo Mfolo, Taylor has spent hundreds of thousands Pulas on kitchen utensils, mobile phone and new set of wheels.

It has emerged Taylor was not impressed with the car used by the former and decided to trade and get the latest Toyota Fortuner that cost the association around P300 000. The mobile set is said to have been purchased with P24 000 while kitchen utensils cost about P6 000. 

Sources close to the matter revealed that despite financial predicaments hovering over the association, the spending is likely to paralyze the association’s coffers.

“The disgruntled BFA staff worries that they might fall victim of retrenchments making rounds at the Lekidi Football Centre housing the BFA,” sources revealed. 

It is said that as uncertainty over jobs at the organization continues, it has resulted in unhappiness, low productivity and staff morale has hit its lowest in just a few weeks since Taylor’s arrival. 

“With over a decade without salary increments at the BFA due to financial constraints, it has surprised staff to witness the current spending of the CEO,’’ the source explained.

However, Taylor downplayed the matter saying some of the things came as a package as benefits of the position. 

“It was not my choice to have some things but were part of the benefits. For instance, I did not find the car used by the previous CEO in good condition, hence the replacement. I do not think is anything much to worry about,’’ said Taylor.

The CEO however acknowledged that they are aware of staff welfare grievances and working on the matter. 

“I have realized that the staff is grieving and unhappy about their welfare. We will be conducting a restructuring exercise that will mark a proper system within the BFA,” she explained.

Taylor said the restructuring process will ensure that staff is remunerated adequately depending on their load. 

She went on to add that the restructuring process and welfare will not only affect staff as ‘there is a lot to look into.’  

“There is also national team players allowances that needs a close eye and we hope that by the time we return to play we will be ready to cruise,’’ Taylor told Sunday Standard.

Taylor made history as being the first woman to Land the BFA CEO hot seat in April 2021 after the departure of Mfolo Mfolo. 

She has previously worked as Head of commercial contract at Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited and worked as country manager of Econet Media.

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