Saturday, January 23, 2021

BPL restructuring under scrutiny

The absurdity of the Botswana Premier League (BPL) restructuring exercise is allegedly facing a revolt at Lekidi Football Centre. Sunday Standard investigations have unearthed that knives are out for the BPL Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Thabo Ntshinogang, whose recruitment methods are said to be under scrutiny.

News filtering through to this publication indicates that vacant positions expected to be filled at the BPL have never been advertised, leading to allegations of favouritism in the recruitment processes. While the restructuring process kick started this week, information passed to this publication is that the BPL has already roped in some of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) intern employees believed to be Ntshinogang’s close allies.

Sources close to the BPL have revealed that the BPL Secretariat now finds itself under scrutiny for what is perceived to be unfairness in its recruiting process. It is said that some of Ntshinogang’s close allies are pulling the strings in decision making of the hiring process.

“The BPL board is watching closely how the restructuring drive pens out and they will evaluate the hiring process as a whole. It has been brought to the attention of some executive members of the BPL board that procedures are not followed in the recruitment drive and it is just a matter of time before they intervene,” a source told Sunday Standard.

It has been brought to light that already two positions of the Marketing and Sponsorship coordinator and football coordinator have been filled without following the BPL recruitment policy. The predicament is said to have affected morale at the organisation with employees on the edge fearing for their jobs as they believe the hiring process is not done on merit.

‘’The restructuring mess has been ongoing for some time hence the 2017/18 premiership season was in disorder with fixture complications and other challenges. The BPL staff is not happy and majority of the employees contracts are coming to an end soon, but nothing has been communicated to them with the top brass hardly convening staff meetings,” a source revealed to Sunday Standard.

However, Ntshinogang acknowledged that they have not advertised the positions of the Marketing Sponsorship coordinator and football coordinator due to the talent they scouted from the duo that were plying their trade for local football mother body. He said if only there was none to carry out the duties at Lekidi Football Centre they would have taken a step to look further.

‘’Firstly we had to look for people that understand the game of football and fortunately we had this duo that were part of the BFA. We spotted talent in both individuals and believe we were at liberty to head hunt. I continue to consult with my seniors in the recruitment process and none has shown any complaint,” said Ntshinogang.

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