Saturday, October 23, 2021

BFA top brass sinks deeper into ‘ill-planned’ quagmire

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) was as defiant as ever this week as the increasingly politics within the corridors at Lekidi Football Centre heightens. 

The football mother body is alleged to be shaken by BFA vice president Marshlow Motlogelwa who is said to be throwing punches seeking to challenge some of the decisions taken by some of the association’s top brass.

The mushrooming of governance scandals is said to have irked Motlogelwa with the latest being the recent appointment of BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ookeditse Malesu. 

Close sources have revealed to Sunday Standard that Motlogelwa had insisted that the position of the CEO be advertised. However, that was not the case as Malesu was head-hunted for the post after the sacking of the former chief Kitso Kemoeng.

The predicament has led to some officials within the BFA questioning Motlogelwa’s criteria of addressing matters. With the matter at hand being addressing advertising of positions and tenders at the BFA, it is alleged that the he is selective on probing matters arising at the football governing mother body.

“Motlogelwa is not impressed with the way things are panning out at the BFA at the moment. He has a lot of differences with resolutions that have been made regarding some issues. While the appointment of the audit firm roped in (to probe BPL ex-boss Bennet Mamelodi) at the BFA remains ambiguous, it has emerged that it was not advertised. 

“While Motlogelwa was in the forefront in the appointment of the audit firm that never got advertised, shockingly he questions the new CEO position’s lack of advertising. It is a challenge now that blame games have taken centre stage at the association,” a source told Sunday Standard. 

Furthermore, it is also rumoured that fret is looming between the BPL board and Motlogelwa. It is said that Motlogelwa was running the show and threatens to take decisions despite differences with the BPL board. 

“‘Recently some of the board members alleged that they were directed to concentrate on their clubs instead of the BPL forensic audit, something that is said to have not gone down well with board members,” a source revealed.

In an interview with Sunday Standard, Motlogelwa shied away from the matter saying he was not in a position to say much. He, however, refuted claims that he warned BPL board members to concentrate on their clubs and stay away from the forensic audit. 

“Those are just rumours; there has never been anything like that communicated to the BPL board,” Motlogelwa said before redirecting this publication to BFA spokesperson Tumo Mpatane.

For his part, Mpatane said there had never been any sign of tension at the BFA. He said that the association was in the right direction and it was just a matter of time before the public realise that the path is being paved to take the game of football to another level. 

‘’It is surprising that there are such allegations that are uncalled for, all is well at the association as everyone is doing their best for the growth of football. The top brass is working together towards a common goal of success and soon it will be visible that the game of football is growing in the country,” said Mpatane.

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) was as defiant as ever this week as the increasingly politics within the corridors at Lekidi Football Centre heightens. 

The football mother body is alleged to be shaken by BFA vice president Marshlow Motlogelwa who is said to be throwing punches seeking to challenge some of the decisions taken by some of the association’s top brass.

The mushrooming of governance scandals is said to have irked Motlogelwa with the latest being the recent appointment of BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ookeditse Malesu. 

Close sources have revealed to Sunday Standard that Motlogelwa had insisted that the position of the CEO be advertised. However, that was not the case as Malesu was head-hunted for the post after the sacking of the former chief Kitso Kemoeng.

The predicament has led to some officials within the BFA questioning Motlogelwa’s criteria of addressing matters. With the matter at hand being addressing advertising of positions and tenders at the BFA, it is alleged that the he is selective on probing matters arising at the football governing mother body.

“Motlogelwa is not impressed with the way things are panning out at the BFA at the moment. He has a lot of differences with resolutions that have been made regarding some issues. While the appointment of the audit firm roped in (to probe BPL ex-boss Bennet Mamelodi) at the BFA remains ambiguous, it has emerged that it was not advertised. 

“While Motlogelwa was in the forefront in the appointment of the audit firm that never got advertised, shockingly he questions the new CEO position’s lack of advertising. It is a challenge now that blame games have taken centre stage at the association,” a source told Sunday Standard. 

Furthermore, it is also rumoured that fret is looming between the BPL board and Motlogelwa. It is said that Motlogelwa was running the show and threatens to take decisions despite differences with the BPL board. 

“‘Recently some of the board members alleged that they were directed to concentrate on their clubs instead of the BPL forensic audit, something that is said to have not gone down well with board members,” a source revealed.

In an interview with Sunday Standard, Motlogelwa shied away from the matter saying he was not in a position to say much. He, however, refuted claims that he warned BPL board members to concentrate on their clubs and stay away from the forensic audit. 

“Those are just rumours; there has never been anything like that communicated to the BPL board,” Motlogelwa said before redirecting this publication to BFA spokesperson Tumo Mpatane.

For his part, Mpatane said there had never been any sign of tension at the BFA. He said that the association was in the right direction and it was just a matter of time before the public realise that the path is being paved to take the game of football to another level. 

‘’It is surprising that there are such allegations that are uncalled for, all is well at the association as everyone is doing their best for the growth of football. The top brass is working together towards a common goal of success and soon it will be visible that the game of football is growing in the country,” said Mpatane.

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