Thursday, March 4, 2021

BFA dribbles Mfolo to a tight corner

The suspended Botswana Football Association (BFA) chief executive officer, Mfolo Mfolo ins’t sure he’d get to see a day at the association.

Sources within BFA allege his future with the somewhat troubled association is destined to end – tragically. The hunt for the new CEO is alleged to have started with the BFA having already identified someone sources claim.

Mfolo was suspended after the Botswana Under-17 national team (boys) was disqualified from participating in the ongoing COSAFA championships. The team failed the test of the time by failing to do MRI test prior to the start of the tournament COSAFA Under 17 championships.

According to the rules, the test was supposed to be done before traveling to south Africa to participate. The MRI test are done in the presence of the CAF trained medical officer.   The disqualification of the Under 17 spelled doom for the BFA CEO who was suspended immediately pending the outcome of the investigations. Mfolo was seconded to the BFA from government and his contract was last year September extended by two years.

BFA national executive committee in reaction to the embarrassing incident appointed a three-member committee to investigate the matter. The trio are Dr George Mokone, Mothusi Taolo and Lore Morapedi.  

When approached for comment one progress of the task team, the BFA acting CEO, Thabiso Kebotsamang, confirmed to this publication that the task team has since submitted their report.

The task team has handed the report and the BFA NEC is yet to meet and deliberate on its findings,” explained Kebotsamang.

Though he could not give the specific day as to when the NEC is going to meet the acting boss was optimistic that they will meet soonest because the matter is urgent and has to be resolved immediately.   

Meanwhile there are strong allegations that the CEO may be sent back to government and be replaced by former CEO of Multichoice Botswana, Billy Sekgororwane.

In the recent past, it was alleged that the former assistant Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Dikgang Phillip Makgalemele, once approached the BFA president proposing to be considered for the position of the BFA CEO.

But, apparently the BFA leadership was not convinced he is the right man. Makgalemele once served football as the BFA president, former player and administrator. Sekgororwane is a member of the BFA Committee on Discipline.

Last year, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) delegation through the invitation of the BFA president came to Botswana to assist and assess on areas that need to be improved in order to drive the BFA further. The EUFA officials had reservations on the CEO and recommended a better person be employed.

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