Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Kemoeng to be hauled before BFA coals

Battle lines are are drawn as the Botswana Football Association (BFA) prepares to face off against its suspended Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kitso Kemoeng.

According to sources, the beleaguered Kemoeng will be hauled before the BFA Disciplinary Committee (DC) this coming week “as the plot to send him packing out of the BFA” gains momentum.

 With the odds of being unceremoniously kicked out of Lekidi stacked against him, it is alleged the Kemoeng has vowed not to take anything lying down.

Kemoeng is said to have already thrown the first stones, casting doubt on the qualifications of some of the panelists in whose hands his fate lie.

Sunday Standard has learnt that Kemoeng has written to the local football governing body seeking the curriculum vitae of those in the panel that will examine his fate. 

It is said that he is of the view that some of them are not qualified to decide his fate when his hearing gets underway this coming Wednesday.

 According to sources, he is not taking any chances more so that the hearing is likely  to “mark the end of the road for him at Lekidi”.

“Kemoeng has realised the plot against him is to take him out before the end of this week and he is not taking chances. He believes some of the people in the panel are understudying and therefore cannot sit on the DC screening him during the hearing,” a source told Sunday Standard.

While the BFA has tried to keep a tight lid on charges faced by Kemoeng, it has been widely reported in local media that he was suspended for suspected maladministration of BFA funds. 

In an interview with Sunday Standard, Kemoeng remained cagey relating that his is an employee and employer matter that need not to be discussed with the media. He downplayed the matter saying he was not aware of any DC hearing looming against him in the coming week. 

“This is an internal matter that cannot be discussed. I am not aware of any DC hearing this week and I have not written any letter demanding profiles of the panelists. Nothing has been communicated to me thus far and I don’t know the identities of the panelists who will sit in my hearing,” Kemoeng told Sunday Standard.

Efforts to seek clarity from the BFA proved futile as BFA spokesperson Tumo Mpatane advised that the matter was internal and will be communicated to the press as soon the BFA had resolve it. 

“We are still dealing with the matter internally so I cannot confirm to the media anything for now with regards to Kemoeng,” said Mpatane.

An attempt to seek clarity from the Acting BFA CEO Susan Lawrence also hit a snag as she said the matter was above her scope. 

“The matter surrounding Kemoeng’s predicament is above my scope and have nothing much to comment about,” said Lawrence.

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