Friday, March 5, 2021

Sebego to replace Rankwane as BFA legal advisor?

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) National Executive Committee (NEC) is allegedly on a swift move to engage former president, Tebogo Sebego for the vacant legal advisor position. 

This follows the demise of former BFA legal advisor Steve Rankwane. Close sources revealed that the NEC is confident that Sebego is suitable for the position with expertise of being a football administrator and a practicing lawyer.

“In several of the NEC meetings, majority of the board members are convinced that Sebego is suitable and must be approached. They believe that in doing so, the system will be inclusive of all despite Sebego being in the opposing camp during the past BFA general assembly and elections held last year,” a source told Sunday Standard Sport.

Sebego is the former BFA legal advisor, a position he held for at least six years before being elected into the presidency of the local football mother body a few years ago. Following his loss, the former lost the presidential elections again to BFA president Maclean Letshwiti in polls that left tongues rolling last year.

However, in an interview with Sebego, the former president said the BFA top brass is yet to engage with him regarding the position. While at it, Sebego welcomed any sort of assistance if given the opportunity but revealed that he is far much finer than the legal position at the BFA as he was once the head of the troubled association.

“I have once been at the helm of the BFA and the legal advisor position is a level I have long passed. Remember that before being the president I once served as the BFA legal advisor for almost six years. It should be understood that I have also appointed some of the decorated and capable people in this position and there is still a lot in the pool. The only service I can do is to assist the BFA to identify the suitable person to provide legal services to the association not me serving in that position” Sebego told Sunday Standard Sport.

Mara as Sebego is commonly called within football circles is currently the Chairperson of Notwane football club. 

Asked if approached to assist in any other form, Sebego said: “I am more than willing to contribute as my best interest is to see local football elevating for the better. I believe that as much as inclusiveness is preached, it is not all about positions but any ideas brought forward by all of us to improve the standard of the game.”

For his part, BFA acting chief executive officer (CEO) Thabiso Kebotsamang said they are not yet at a stage to reveal the successor. “All I can say now is that it is just rumours that Sebego will be approached and cannot commit much on the matter,” said Kebotsamang.

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