As the General Assembly for the Botswana Football Association draws near, jostling for positions that will be up for grabs is reported to have intensified. The positions that will be contested for in July are those of the Vice President (Administration) Vice President (Finance) and an additional member.
The most interesting contest will be that of administration currently held by former cabinet Minister, Boyce Sebetela. It is the most influential position in the football fraternity after that of the President.
There is a feeling within the football fraternity that Sebetela is a bit distant from football and a new person should be to take over. Names that keep cropping up are that of veteran administrator Segolame Ramothwa and national executive committee member Tariq Babitseng.
Babitseng is still a green horn in the football administration at the top level while Ramothwa has served at the executive committee level for many years. He resigned from the Vice President (Administration) position a few years after a fallout with the then President, David Fani.
Sunday Standard sources say he might go for the position because he is seen as the right man to take football to another level.
“Even a blind person can see that this man has done a lot for football in this country. He is a man of integrity who still has a lot to offer. What I can tell you is that he is still consulting before making a final decision. Already the ground is ripe for him regardless of whether the incumbent can defend his position,” the source said.
When contacted for comment, Ramothwa would neither deny nor agree that he would challenge for an executive position.
He told Sunday Standard that he is still thinking about it and is still to decide.
“This is something that I have to hardly think about it, I cannot just wake up and say I want to serve in the national executive committee because it needs a lot of commitment. There is still time and honestly I am seriously thinking about it,” he said.
Currently what can even put Ramothwa in a vantage position is the fact that he does not even hold a demanding role at his team, Notwane.
On the other hand some strong campaigners in Botswana football, Fobby Radipotsane told Sunday Standard Ramothwa would be more than welcome to Botswana football.
He said the way things are going in Botswana, Ramothwa is highly needed. “That man is one of the few gentlemen of football and he will always be needed. I personally believe that he should not think twice about contesting but should immediately come up,” he said.
The positions that would not be contested are that of the President and Vice President (Technical).