Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Is the axe hanging over Mfolo?

While the world of sport has come to a standstill in the face of the novel coronavirus, the political machinations at the Botswana Football Association (BFA) continue to whirl on.

According to the latest information from Lekidi, BFA Chief Executive Officer Mfolo Mfolo’s future at the association is hanging by a thread.

After staying in the BFA CEO hotseat for three years running, rumour has it that Mfolo may not get to finish his term in office.

If the news of Mfolo’s impending early exit come to pass, the BFA CEO’s name will be added to a horde of former CEO’s who have never completed their contract period.

Among those to have felt the heat of the seat are the likes of Tosh Kgotlele, Judge Mookodi, Duncan Kgame, Keith Masters, Kitso Kemoeng as well as Ookeditse Malesu, who is Mfolo’s predecessor.

The current CEO joined the BFA in 2017 on secondment from the Ministry of Tertiary Education in a two-year contract.

Like those who came before him, Mfolo never enjoyed full support in his first 2-year term as the principal of the association. When his first 2-year term expired on the 18th September 2019, it took the BFA top brass two weeks past contract expiry to agree on an extension. 

He was then committed to another two-year contract and his stay at the troubled association was expected to come to an end in September 2021.

However, it seems his support has since eroded further and he is now allegedly on shaky ground. 

Close sources have revealed that if it was according to some within the BFA, the soft-spoken CEO would not even finish this year at the helm.

“Some people within the BFA National Executive Committee (NEC) allegedly want Mfolo out of his position,” the source said. “His saving grace is that only the BFA president Maclean Letshwiti can decide his fate with the association,” said the source.

“Fortunately for him, Letshwiti is not yet ready to bow to the pressure and let him go, but his future is not certain,’’ the source said.

Reached for comment, the BFA CEO said he is not aware of any plot to remove him from his position. 

“I am not aware of any such news as I am still committed to steer the BFA ship. I am shocked to hear that I am an unwanted man as there has never been any signs from anyone at the association,” Mfolo said.

“According to the constitution, the president is the only person with discretion to hire or fire me but I have not heard anything from him relating to such an issue,’’ said concluded.

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