The appointment of the new Botswana Football Association Chief Executive Officer (BFA CEO), Ookeditse Malesu, looks set to plunge the beleaguered association further into turmoil.
Information reaching this publication suggests that BFA’s two vice presidents, Segolame Ramotlhwa and Marshlow Motlogelwa had reported the association to the Botswana National Sport Commission hierarchy for flouting procedures when hiring its new CEO.
According to sources close to the proceedings at Lekidi, they are alleged to have held several conversations with the BNSC chairman Solly Reikeletseng to inform him of their misgivings at the appointment of Malesu.
While the BFA has tried to cover the divide caused by Malesu’s appointment from the prying eyes of the media and the public, the alleged move by the association’s two vice presidents is likely put a further strain in the relationship of the BFA top brass.
Ever since rumours surfaced that BFA president Maclean Letshwiti was eyeing Malesu as the association’s new CEO, he has been at loggerheads with his once close allies and vice presidents, who have vehemently opposed the appointment.
It is alleged that both Ramotlhwa and Motlogelwa have had misgivings against the appointment, citing that it was not procedural, an argument which they are said to have reiterated before Reikeletseng.
Their main gripe, according to sources, is that the job was not advertised nor did the new CEO appear before an interviewing panel to check if he met the requirements to hold the position.
According to sources, Malesu does not also meet the selection criteria needed for someone to hold the position of the BFA CEO.
Among the requirements, a candidate for the BFA post must have a University Degree in a Management, Business or a related area, with a graduate degree desirable or extensive management experience in a senior position in a significant corporate or sporting organisation.
Contacted for comment Reikeletseng said: “No one officially has come to me complaining about the appointment of the new CEO.”
However, when pressed further to confirm allegations that he has talked to either Ramotlhwa or Motlogelwa he said: “I am not at liberty to divulge to people what I privately discuss with people.”
Asked if the BNSC was consulted when hiring the CEO he said: “Usually they consult us out of courtesy. There is no law that is binding that they should inform us but since we work with codes they usually come to us for dialogue.”
The current impasse at Lekidi regarding the appointment of the association’s CEO is one in a series of many that have always marred the position.
Ever since the departure of Ashford Mamelodi, who once held the position for at least 10 years, the position of the BFA CEO has in over one and half decades ago attracted controversy with many CEOs jumping the BFA ship time and again.
Malesu’s predecessor, Kitso Kemoeng, was forced out of the position before his contract elapsed as he became a casualty of the newly elected Letshwiti regime’s power purge at Lekidi.