Botswana Football Association (BFA) has appointed former Township Rollers treasurer Mfolo Edwin Mfolo as its new Chief Executive Officer in a shock announcement this week. According to official correspondence from the association, Mfolo has been seconded from the Ministry of Tertiary Education for a term of two years.
BFA correspondence says that the new CEO will be acting for a period of 2 years. Mfolo`s predecessor Ookeditse Malesu resigned after serving the association for just 6 month. The outgoing CEO was head hunted amid speculation that he was being rewarded for being a faithful servant of the pioneers of football group led by Letshwiti before last year’s elective congress. Sources close to the BFA allege that the association could not afford the big salary of a CEO hence the secondment.
BFA is yet to have a CEO who completes his term in office since the days of former BFA boss Ashford Mamelodi. The position has become notorious as one of the hottest seats in the local sports industry. A number of former BFA CEOs have found themselves on the chopping block before they could even settle in the controversial position.A number of disgruntled former Rollers leaders including Mfolo were seen in Letshwiti`s team ahead of the last BFA elective General Assembly last year. Reached for comment Mfolo confirmed the recent development.
“The deliverables come from the BFA strategy, which has four perspectives including, stakeholder, internal processes, people learning and growth, and stewardship,” explained. Mfolo served in one of the BFA standing committees being the First Instance Body (FIB) as chairman. FIB is tasked with receiving, accessing applications and finally licensing deserving clubs to participate in BFA structures, more especially BPL. “In Mfolo we trust that the football family has found an individual that will bring financial accountability to the association, and will cultivate an excellent rapport with many constituents that are stakeholders in football nationally, regionally and internationally,” reads a press release from the BFA this week.
Selibe Phikwe bowls club faces closure
Selibe-Phikwe Bowls Club faces a possible collapse, Sun Sports has learnt. This follows the closure of the BCL mine back in 2016, which has seen the club struggle without the supply of electricity and water.
Speaking to this publication this week, the chairperson of Phikwe club Oabona Motladiile said that things have been stagnant since the mine closed doors. “Nothing is happening here, there is no action at all because when the mine closed, it meant there was no one to pay for the water and electricity bills,” Motladiile said.
Motlaadile explained that their grounds are situated at Area 2, a place that the mine paid all bills for, however it has since proved very hard for them to maintain the green that needs constant watering. He said they do not have any alternative facilities to use and have since informed the Phikwe council about their difficulties but still solutions have not been found.
The Phikwe Chairman at the time of going to press said he was not sure of the exact figures they needed on a monthly basis but around 20 000 litres of water and electricity not exceeding P 1 000. He lamented that the Phikwe club is one of the oldest clubs locally and at one point had about 30 members. However, numbers have been dropping because there is no action.
“We are a very competitive club of men and women who make it into the national team,” he said. John Gaborutwe who is the BBA Vice President said that the possible closure of Phikwe Bowls Club was one of the topical issues to be discussed during the BBA Annual General Meeting (AGM) this coming weekend. The affiliates will be expected to vote for a new Vice President, Treasurer and Director of Bowls as the term for the current office bearers expires.
The AGM will be followed by the start of the Rose Bowl tournament. The tournament is the 1st of the 5-series major tournaments for the 2019 season. The remaining tournaments will be held in Francistown, Orapa, Jwaneng and Phikwe respectively. Jwaneng club is the defending champions.
BFA FIRES BRIGHT
Allegations coming out of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) are that national football team head coach Major David Bright has been fired as of Tuesday this week. The illustrious veteran tactician took over from Englishman Peter James Butler more than a year ago.
At the helm of the Zebras, Bright struggled to bring home positive results and find winning combinations. Having failed to lead Zebras past the qualifying stages of the 2019 Afcon competition was the first sign of trouble for the veteran coach at Lekidi. Furthermore the experienced tactician was expected to improve Botswana’s position in the FIFA world rankings. The Zebras are currently in the lowly 145th position.
According to sources close to the matter, Bright was handed a termination letter and challenged to show cause why he should not be relieved of his duties at Lekidi. As one of the most decorated coaches in both Botswana and CAF region, Bright has coached numerous teams including South Africa’s Bay United, Gaborone United and Morupule Wonders.
Reached for comment on the matter the BFA president Maclean Letshwiti insisted that the former army man is still in charge of the senior national team. For his part Bright said he could not comment on the matter and referred Sun Sport to the BFA.
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