The Botswana Football Association (BFA) president, Tebogo Sebego, has warned his staff members at Lekidi Football Centre in Gaborone to deliver or face the possibility of being fired. His warning comes less than a week after he was elected to lead the association for the next four years.
Sebego beat David Fani by 71 votes to 38 during the general assembly, which was held in Gaborone last weekend.
Sebego met with the association’s staff on Friday morning where he addressed them on his expectations. Before Sebego came into office, there had been reports that some staff members at Lekidi were not taking their job seriously while others misused their positions leading to the association being bankrupt.
“I went there to share my philosophy with the secretariat. There are lots of staff issues like leave days, overtime, undefined duty roles and general disgruntlement which I have to address with immediate effect in order for staff to perform to the best of their abilities. Honestly, I’m not the kind of person who is not afraid to part ways with an employee if he/she underperforms. It’s not my wish to see that happening (sacking an employee) but everyone has to earn their place,” said Sebego.
According to Sebego, there are lots of things which are going to change at the secretariat during his reign because he wants to see football changing. He said that he is aware that some members of the BFA have turned Lekidi into their own household as they do as they please.
“That will come to an end because I believe in hard work. There has to be regular meetings on Mondays where head of department review the week before and upcoming week. These meetings will help in ensuring that things run accordingly. I’ll ensure that I’m informed of what transpired at those meetings because after all as a leader the buck stops with me,” added Sebego.
The new BFA boss pointed out that he has to work on the interference of some members of the executive committee on the day to day running of the secretariat. It has been revealed that some members of the past executive used to interfere too much with the staff, something which led to their disgruntlement.
“I would like to reduce the daily traffic at Lekidi, especially amongst the executive committee members. I want to believe that if there is something which they feel is not going well, they have to address it during the executive committee meetings,” said BFA boss.