Thursday, August 5, 2021

BFA keeps axed Mfolo on payroll

Following the sacking of former Botswana Football Association (BFA) chief executive officer (CEO) Mfolo Mfolo late last year, Sunday Standard has established he is on full pay. 

Allegations are that the former CEO is earning over P60 000 from the bankrupt association. Mfolo’s remuneration since his sacking in 2020 is expected to cease at the end of March 2021. 

While Mfolo is said to be earning monthly wages, another allegation is that he receives partial terminal benefits.  

Further, allegations are that Mfolo remains one of the signatories at the BFA. Being among the signatories at the association, the former chief executive is expected to release funds in many aspects that have to do with funds of the association.

Mfolo was sacked following an age cheating scandal against Botswana under 17 that was sent home from the COSAFA tournament last year together with Eswatini, Comoros Islands and Zimbabwe. 

However, the BFA downplayed the matter revealing that due to financial constraints, they have amicably agreed on an exit package payment plan.

In an interview with Sunday Standard Sport, BFA Acting CEO Thabiso Kebotsamang shied away from dwelling on the matter denying that Mfolo remains in the BFA payroll. 

He said the association had agreed to partly pay Mfolo’s terminal benefits over a period of months due to financial constraints. 

“We amicably agreed with Mfolo to pay his exit package on a monthly basis and we believe there is nothing wrong with that,” Kebotsamang explained.

“The association can however not reveal anything much as employees’ welfare are matters of confidentiality between the employer and employee. We are still struggling financially and agreed on terms that can’t be made public,” he said.

Mfolo joined the BFA on secondment from the Ministry of Tertiary Education in 2017 on a two-year contract. He was awarded with a contract extension in 2019 following belief that he is steering the association in a right direction. 

In recent history, Mfolo is one of the longest serving BFA CEO after serving three years while his predecessor Ookeditse Malesu served the shortest term just under one year at the helm of the association. 

Efforts to reach Mfolo went futile as his phone rang unanswered at press time.

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