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Mamelodi Triumphs!

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The Botswana Football Association (BFA) President Tebogo Sebego this week made it clear that he wants suspended Botswana Premier League (BPL) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bennett Mamelodi back in office at Lekidi.

This followed a recent BFA National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, which happened to be the last sitting before the eagerly anticipated BFA Annual General Assembly (AGA) where a new NEC will be elected at the end of this month. According to sources close to the matter, the NEC was expected to agree in principle to give the non-autonomous BPL board, permission to battle Mamelodi in court.

However, none of the NEC members were brave enough to pull the proverbial trigger. Consequently, a dramatic and surprising twist in the Mamelodi suspension saga saw the BPL board being denied an opportunity to go against a hard-pressed CEO in court. Lately, Mamelodi has been lingering in limbo following allegations of mismanagement and embezzlement of BPL office funds. However, the BPL CEO was quick to retaliate and drag his employers before the Gaborone Industrial court in a bid to contest his suspension. The matter was heard last month.

During arbitration, the court found that there was no evidence that the BFA NEC had sanctioned Mamelodi’s suspension, which consequently meant that the BPL had submitted inadequate documents before the court. Therefore, the BPL was given an opportunity to submit relevant documents by Tuesday this week, of which they allegedly failed to do.However, recent reports from sources at Lekidi have suggested that some NEC members initially wanted the suspended CEO pushed out.

“They deliberately opposed all the good that was done by Mamelodi. A number of these malevolent NEC members wanted mayhem to prevail at the BPL and to tarnish Sebego so that he is seen as a failure,” source close to the issue said this week. The meeting in which the NEC failed to agree on the issue meant Mamelodi’s immediate return to office, as they had no case against him before the court.

As things stand, a default judgment is now expected where Mamelodi will stage validating cameo in court before a triumphant return to his Lekidi post. “I am very happy with the decision taken by NEC,” Sebego said this week. “ I have long advised against this cause of action along with the association’s legal advisor. “What the BPL did was not right. I am now happy with the latest developments.” The BFA   president said Mamelodi’s dramatic comeback will bring back stability to the BPL secretariat.

Thus far, the beMOBILE premiership sponsorship was currently on the edge. The league sponsors who have already pumped millions into the organisation were not shy about airing their discontent over the recent and unfortunate events at Lekidi. So bad was the situation that even the swanky annual beMOBILE premiership awards were cancelled.

Besides the multimillion-beMobile sponsorship another mobile phone network provider Mascom had decided to remain silent over the dramatic turn of events unraveling at Lekidi. At the annual Mascom Top 8 awards recently, the company hinted that they will exercise their right to extend their contract for another year. 

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Heelang, hands off journalists!

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In our last edition, we touched on athletes who need to be media savvy, however it appears the vaccine needs to be administered on sports leaders too.

There is a highly contagious disease spreading rapidly in the sports space with those in power having a wrong perception of owning the media or somehow entitled to publicity. Such people want to literally dictate what should be broadcast or published, fa ba bata go go nyantshetsa o utwa gotwe, write and send back so I crosscheck.

That equals disrespecting and undermining a journalist to the lowest level; it is more like wanting to teach a scribe how to do their work. If you are in a wrong profession at your respected workplace, please kindly send in your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to newsrooms, you might land that Editor- In Chief position. Then there are those who will make scribes feel like they signed a death warrant, why did you not cover my event? You are not reliable; you are only good at chasing certain individuals. Heelang! Stop crucifying journalists, they do not owe anyone anything and realistically speaking cannot cover everything to please all.

Oops and there are those who never want anything bad or controversial associated with their name. They start off as bosom buddies, discussing ‘non offensive’ issues and once in a while a compliment thrown their way. Once the dark days come knocking and gears are changed, suddenly the same journalist ke moloi wa meno a 4 mo ganong. Really now? So, all along the witch was not visible and now that the tables have turned and it hurts like never before, things have become clearer? Perhaps, you forget what the real job of a scribe is? You cannot befriend a journalist my friends, if you do, then something is seriously wrong! Expect the good together with the bitter taste of unwanted publicity.

There is also a time when the scribes are labelled bomma dijo le bo Rradijo. To an extent that you even emphasize that there will be food at your events, so the more the merrier! I agree, generally only a few can say NO to free food but it becomes a bit untidy when you put a food price tag to your events. Ga re gane, there are some colleagues with a huge appetite and they are not even shy about it but isn’t it that there are people like that all over.

Le re tshabisa go ja, please! Another trend, initially good but now disturbing is that of organisations spoiling some rotten journalists by travelling with them to certain places, all expenses fully paid for. This includes food, accommodation and transportation. Things then become cozy when a drink or two is thrown in, nice but at what expense? Is it out of good will or tantamount to bribery?

Some associations tend to confuse it all with rubbing off bad publicity. Kgantele e nna, ao laitaka, o lebala o robetse ko Cresta Hotel ke go reketse biri? A guilty conscience then kicks in and stories are shelved. It is only a few that manage to look beyond the fancy trips and royal treatment and uphold journalism principles. Better you spoil journalists but without undue expectations, accept both the bad and the good coming your way.

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Abidal punches ticket to TS Galaxy

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Township Rollers’s defensive Midfielder Gape ‘Abidal’ Mohutsiwa has confirmed that he will be plying his trade at South African based TS Galaxy next season.

This follows rife speculation that Mohutsiwa’s deal with Galaxy might have somehow fallen off. The strong suspicions came about last week when the national first division side communicated the team’s new signings. Local based players of Mosha Gaolaolwe, Thero Setsile and Ezekiel Morake were mentioned in the list and Mohutsiwa’s name was suspiciously omitted. As if that was not enough, the team went on to show off pictures of the trio signing contracts with the team management but still no mention of Mohutsiwa.

Speaking to Sun Sport this week, Mohutsiwa explained that he had seen the communication but made nothing from it. “I am still going because even my work permit is ready, all is well and there is no need to panic,” he said.

The 22-year-old pointed out that TS Galaxy had informed that they will communicate dates to join them in South Africa. He is expecting their call anytime after completing the season this coming weekend.

“I also saw those pictures with the management and its is not like they signed the contracts last week. I suspect that they were just appreciating the performance made by my fellow colleagues Morake and Setsile during the COSAFA championships staged in Durban South Africa,” said Mohutsiwa.

The young Abidal as he is well known is convinced that the TS Galaxy management was just ‘boasting’ about the kind of talent they are bringing to their team. “I did not perform to the best of my ability during COSAFA championships but I cannot say they were neglecting me, I am actually fine with it,” he said.

Mohutsiwa added that as young as he is, he believes that he has a lot to offer and the intention is not to return home in a year or so. He has been signed for three years and the expectation is that he completes his term and perhaps find other lucrative deals out there.

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