Wednesday, September 23, 2020

President and Henchmen called out as Elective Assembly is called off

On Monday evening, Botswana Football Association (BFA) announced it had called off its long waited elective general assembly.

The assembly which was due to be held this coming Saturday, August 22nd 2020 will now be held at a yet to be announced date.

In the announcement, the BFA said the decision was taken ‘following numerous engagements between the Botswana Football Association and the COVID 19 Task Force.’ 

“The aforementioned is as a consequence of the current progression of the pandemic. We have been informed that under the prevailing conditions, it is not permissible to move across zones in pursuant to attending meetings,” the BFA announced.

In the announcement, the association said it ‘shall convene to review the available options and shall advise all stakeholders accordingly.’

As expected, the announcement has already divided the association’s National Executive Committee (NEC).

Following the announcement of the postponement, some irate members of the NEC expressed shock at the cancellation.

The irate members took to the BFA NEC WhatsApp platform to express their shock at the cancellation, which at that point, none of them had seen coming.

‘Ke bothata jaanong’ (loosely translated; this is a problem now) one NEC member wrote when the announcement was thrown into the BFA NEC WhatsApp group.

‘Postponed then what? Constitution ya reng? FIFA ya reng? Stakeholders ba reng? (what does the constitution say? What does FIFA say? What do the stakeholders say?) another NEC member asked.

‘No one will respond. It’s supposed to be emergency but no, its business as usual,’ another quipped as no answers came forth.

Reached for comment, one BFA NEC member who commented on condition of anonymity said the cancellation came as a shock, more so as they never expected it.

“On Sunday, the BFA NEC had a virtual meeting where we discussed this issue and we tabled some possible solutions which we hoped we would deliberate on,” the BFA NEC said.

The NEC member said as it is, the current decision is a decision by the BFA president and his henchmen, not that of the BFA NEC.

“What hurts the most is that whoever took the decision did not have the courtesy to inform us of the decision as members of the BFA NEC. We were surprised to see the announcement of the decision on social media like anyone else,” the NEC member said.

Before the announcement was made earlier on the day, BFA Chief Executive Officer Mfolo Mfolo had informed The Telegraph Sport that they had done everything in their power for the assembly to take place. 

The BFA CEO said they had engaged the COVID 19 Task Team to ask for a waiver to host the assembly.

“We had submitted the proposal on how we intend to conduct our meeting. We briefly met the task team today (Monday) and they said they will come back to us,” explained Mfolo. 

The brief meeting was attended by COVID19 Task Force deputy coordinator, Dr Mosepele Mosepele and Director of Health, Dr Malaki Tshipayagae.

Meanwhile, the campaign for the BFA NEC is still ongoing, with three lobby groups facing each other in a bid to outsmart one another. 

The BFA leader, Maclean Letshwiti will be seeking the second term in office against his earlier promise to only serve one year. His team comprises of Pelotshweu Motlogelwa, Masego Nchingane, Tsoseletso Magang, Tebogo Kamati, Fela and Chandy Moruti. Their motto is “For the future For Greatness”.

The other lobby group named Friends of Football comprises of past immediate BFA leader, Tebogo Sebego, Maokaneng Bontshetse, Senki Sesenyi, Goemeone Lebetele, Kesego Okie, Itsholeng Disang and Carlos Sebina. 

“We are friends of football. Placing football first. Committed to restore, transform and grow Botswana football” Friends of Football commitment.

The last group, ‘Football Ambassadors,’ is led by Ookeditse Malesu. It comprises of Gabriel Ngele, Solomon Ramocotlhwane, Theresa Hutchfield, Davis Kopi. 

Using the tagline “We are taking Football to the people,” the group, which is seen as a dark horse, promises to change the landscape of local football.

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