Saturday, January 16, 2021

Favouritism allegations mar BFA’s CEO position

The post of the Chief Executive Officer for the Botswana Football Association (BFA) appears not to be controversy shy.

The last person who held the position, Mooketsi ‘Tosh’ Kgotlele, was expelled following allegations of bribery.

It has now been a year since the post fell vacant, but another controversy is already brewing.
There is disgruntlement in the soccer fraternity that the post is already earmarked for Maokaneng Bontshetse, who is closely associated with the current executive committee.

Information reaching Sunday Standard is that Bontshetse would be given the position as a thank you gift for the role he played in bringing into power the incumbent executive committee.
Other aspiring candidates are reported to have withdrawn their applications because they know that the selection process is already flawed.

One angry member, who preferred anonymity, told Sunday Standard that he is worried at the way things are done because best candidates will not be considered.

“We know everything that is going on behind the scenes. Bontshetse was at the fore front, campaigning for the current executive committee. He is the preferred candidate for the position not because he has what it takes to take our football to another level but as a mere thank you. This is even just the tip of the iceberg and there is a lot happening,” he said.

Allegations reaching Sunday Standard are that the selection process is flawed because one of the selectors is a close friend of one of the executive committee members.

When approached for comment, BFA President, David Fani, denied any favouritism in the selection of the CEO. He said he also does not personally appoint anybody for the position but the entire executive committee does. “The selection of the right candidate is independently done by the company called HRMC and, basing on their recommendations, that is when the executive committee would make a final decision,” he said.

Fani would not confirm or deny that Bontshetse had applied for the post. When asked about the allegations, Bontshetse shrugged it off saying people are just peddling unfounded rumours about him.

He said football is full of petty politics and he is not surprised by the allegations.
“That is news to me and I want to make it clear to you that I did not apply for the position. People like to say anything they want to without making verifications,” he said.

Before helping to bring in the Fani-led executive committee, Bontshetse was also instrumental in bringing the previous one, led by Philip Makgalemele who is now the Member of Parliament for Shoshong.

After a fallout with Makgalemele, he worked hard to bring Fani back who had also been voted out when Makgalemele assumed the reigns.

Several names of aspiring candidates have been doing the rounds in soccer circles.
The surprising name to date is that of the Executive Secretary of the ruling Botswana Democratic party, Batlang Serema. He served football before heading into politics.
Another candidate is Marang Morakaladi.

At the time of going to press, it had been reported that about eight applicants had already applied for the job.

Fani, on the other hand, made it clear that they want to appoint someone as soon as possible.

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