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.
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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