Tuesday, August 11, 2020

BFA has Sebego in its cross hairs

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) is said to have trained its guns on its former President Tebogo Sebego.

This follows the latter’s return to football as the president of Debswana South First Division league’s current log leaders Notwane Football Club.

Sunday Standard investigations have turned up information that BFA is allegedly plotting to probe its former president and place him under examination at Lekidi Football Centre for his involvement in football. 

This follows a Court of Appeal order earlier this year which dismissed Sebego’s complaint after the attorney was charged with professional misconduct by the Law Society of Botswana (LSC).

The BFA is said to be poring over the FIFA manual to establish if Sebego passes the fit and proper test as a football administrator after losing a case of professional misconduct. 

Sources have revealed to Sunday Standard that the BFA top brass is monitoring the situation on how Sebego landed the Presidency at Debswana First Division South League (DFDSL) pace setters Notwane.

‘’It is just a matter of time before the BFA probes the developments, the BFA top brass is still going through the FIFA manuals and will take it from there. It is a challenging issue that may witness Sebego suspended from football depending on what the FIFA rulebook says ,” said a source.

A practising attorney, Sebego was found guilty of misconduct and fined P7, 500 by the disciplinary committee of LSB after his former client; Duduzile Brook filed a complaint with the LSB accusing the attorney of abuse of office. 

Brook and her husband engaged Sebego to represent them against an application from one Kikufu company paying services of P20, 000 which they believe Sebego did not account for. 

The couple challenged Sebego’s actions as fraudulent as he did not appear in court but slapped them with notice of taxation and bill of costs for over P30, 000 on June 3rd 2009.

In an interview, BFA mouthpiece Tumo Mpatane denied that the BFA is probing Sebego saying they are guided by FIFA and CAF statutes. 
At the moment we have never looked into the matter. We are guided by FIFA, CAF and the BFA code of conduct and if there is anything wrong, we can only act if statutes allow us to do so,” said Mpatane.

Sebego downplayed the matter saying ‘’I am a practising attorney and a member of the law society in good standing with a practising certificate. My practice of law has never been under threat. I am not involved in any administrative matters at Notwane as I am just assisting the club. Notwane has laws that govern their body and I am not involved in their matters’.’

RELATED STORIES

Read this week's paper

Sunday Standard August 9 – 15

Digital copy of Sunday Standard issue of August 9 - 15, 2020.