Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Kgomela in battle to retain his post

A three-way battle race is developing as the Botswana Football Association (BFA) Technical Director (TD) Benny Kgomela fends off two other contenders for his post at the association.

Kgomela’s three-year contract with the BFA will end at the end of February and the association is now said to be on the verge of appointing the new TD. 

According to sources at Lekidi, the BFA has so far interviewed three people for the technical, among them Kgomela.  

Kgomela is challenged by his former supervisor, Stephen Phetlhe who was the BFA Vice President Technical (VPT) as well as his junior Tshepho Mophukuthi, who is the BFA Senior Technical Officer. 

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a source revealed that the BFA had finished with the interviews and is now ready to hire.

 According to the source, of the three potential candidates, it is the incumbent TD who has put himself ahead of his competitors, though it is not guaranteed he will get the post.

The source revealed that of the three candidates, Kgomela, who possesses the CAF A licence is the most qualified.

 Kgomela is also said to possess experience for the job, something which gives him an upper hand over his competitors. Kgomela has experience of acting as the BFA Chief Executive officer in the absence of the BFA head of secretariat. 

Though the incumbent TD is said to have scored higher marks than his competitors, it is alleged that this is not a guarantee that he will keep his post.

Standing on Kgomela’s way of retaining his post is his not so cordial relationship with some of the current regime’s leaders. Sources revealed that the he is not wanted by some top brass at the BFA. 

The closest competitor, who is rumoured to be Phetlhe, was co-opted as the BFA VPT after the resignation of the then BFA VPT, Ernest Nthobelang who ditched football for a career in politics. 

Phetlhe possesses a CAF B coaching license, which he attained under the tutelage of the recently resigned senior technical officer and FIFA instructor, Philemon Makwengwe. 

On the other hand, Mophukuthi who is still serving the BFA as a senior technical officer does not possess any coaching License. He brings experience from his long service to the BFA. 

Meanwhile, there is talk that the BFA might opt to head hunt the technical director from outside the country. Those close to the authority say the TD who is wanted is the one who will leave a lasting legacy such as the late Ben Koufi.  

Contacted for comment, BFA public relations officer, Tumo Mpatane could not reveal whether they had interviewed or not. 

“This is still an internal matter. The BFA will inform the public after the human resource section have advised us,” said Mpatane.

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