After falling vacant for almost a year, the post of Botswana Football Association (BFA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) looks to be about to be filled.
The BFA has moved to fill the post but is denying it.
It has, however, come to the attention of The Telegraph that someone has been appointed immediately following interviews last week Friday. Information reaching The Telegraph is that Maokaneng Bontshetse has been given the nod as earlier on speculated.
He was interviewed together with former BFA employee, Marang Morakaladi, and Radio Botswana news anchor, Tebatso Hule.
Although BFA President David Fani stated at the biennial general assembly that the post is yet to be filled, but The Telegraph can reveal that Bontshetse is the new man at the helm.
“He was given an appointment letter immediately after the interviews and the process to select the right candidate was just a formality because he was long handpicked,” said the source who preferred anonymity. When approached for the latest development, Bontshetse denied any knowledge of being a new employee. But he, however, admitted to have been called for an interview.
This is in contradiction to what he told our sister publication, The Sunday Standard, last week when he insisted that he had not applied.
“I attended the interview but I do not know whether I got the position or not. We were told that there would be another one and now I am surprised you are telling me I am the new employee. That is news to me and if ever indeed it is true, how could they tell you before telling me,” he said. It would not be the first time Bontshetse is at the corridors of BFA power. He was once an additional member of the BFA but had to resign after winning a controversial contract to administer the then three-year Mascom contract. The CEO position has since been marred by controversy from the day it fell vacant following the expulsion of Mooketsi ‘Tosh’ Kgotlele on allegations of bribery scandals.
Speculation was rife that it would be given to Bontshetse as a thank you because he played a pivotal role in bringing Fani’s leadership into power. Several high ranking officials with impeccable track records are reported to have applied but were not even called for interviews.