Botswana Football Association (BFA) National Executive Committee (NEC) is said to have endorsed the appointment of flamboyant Kitso ‘KK’ Kemoeng as their new Chief Executive Officer. He is expected to report for duty on Monday.
After the NEC special meeting on July 2, Kemoeng was offered a three-year contract to lead the embattled BFA. According to sources at Lekidi Football Centre, Kemoeng shrugged off stiff competition from the likes of former Botswana Railways general manager Taolo Sebonego, former TAFIC chairman Lyndon Mothusi and Township Rollers’ chairman Walter Kgabung. The former Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) CEO arrives at the Football Headquarters to take over from Briton Keith Masters whose two year stay at the helm was marred by controversy, especially his last days.
“I can confirm that Kemoeng is the new man to take over as the CEO. He is expected to hit the ground running immediately. His experience in sports administration speaks volume and the panel was satisfied with his qualities. The other plus is that he is not a newcomer to Botswana football,” said a source on Friday morning. Though they were reports last week that the NEC was divided over his appointment, the source dismissed the speculations. “For the first time, there were no divisions. We went through the normal recruitment policy and KK came out on top. BFA is left with drafting a performance plan and give it to the man. But there is no doubt that KK is capable of changing things at the association because of his strong business acumen,” the source added.
BFA president Tebogo Sebego claimed ignorance of the news of Kemoeng’s appointment. “All I know is that we haven’t appointed the CEO yet because there have been some challenges. But I’m confident that before the (BFA) AGM (on August 1) we would have made an announcement,” said a cagey Sebego. According to sources, Kemoeng has been told in no uncertain terms not to divulge any information until BFA call a press briefing to unveil their new Messiah. When contacted for comment, Kemoeng claimed to be in the dark and referred this publication to BFA. Information reaching this publication indicates that a panel of five men comprising of Sebego, his two deputies Steven Phetlhe and Marshlow Motlogelwa, FIFA development officer Ashford Mamelodi and representative from recruitment agency People Connections was impressed by the qualities of Kemoeng.
Notable absentee at the meeting was BNSC chairman Solly Reikeletseng but he is said to have given the panel his blessings. “KK faces a difficult task of creating a healthy working environment at Lekidi. There are lots egos at BFA but KK being a likeable character he’ll be able to change the situation in no time,” said a source. Kemoeng left BNSC in December 2011 after he said there was no compatibility between him and the then BNSC executive committee. At the time, Kemoeng declined offers from some BNSC affiliates saying that he is going to focus on his new consultancy company Legos Blits. Kemoeng was credited with developing structures and policies at BNSC during his 20 year stay, something which BFA is hoping he will implement at the association.