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Sebego seeks final term



The   incumbent Botswana Football Association (BFA) President Tebogo Sebego has unveiled the rest of his seven-man strong executive committee ahead of the crucial Annual General Assembly (AGA) this Saturday in Gaborone.

In what is supposed to be his final term, Sebego will face rivals Solomon Mantswe and Maclean Letshwiti in one of the most intriguing BFA presidential races in recent history. Addressing members of the press and other local football stakeholders at his launch in Old Naledi Township,in Gaborone, Sebego said there was still hope in local football and his executive committee has made strides in their last four years in office. 

“When we campaigned for the last elections our sales pitch was restructuring the BFA political landscape to divide our regions into four   blocks,” Sebego explained.  He said that each block was meant to have its own leadership and boasted that this end was initially achieved and soon   proved that the four blocks had advantages.

Sebego said this alteration of the BFA constitution saw the emergence of football teams in far-flung   parts of the country. “There was the likes of Sankoyo Bush Bucks from Maun and Black Rangers from Tsabong.” He said such teams got the chance to ascend to high-level league in the country. Sebego explained that they made further political changes when they formed a committee to run the affairs of women’s football, adding that women now have a crucial two votes at   the BFA AGA.

Throughout his four years in office, Sebego said they   vigorously drove football commercialisation, forming a company called Lekidi Investments, which was a conglomerate that included Lekidi ticketing and Lekidi travel. Sebego, who is facing his toughest rivals this Saturday, explained that the BFA had fundamental flaws, which no president could fix. “This year I am happy to announce that the BFA underwent restructuring which was approved by FIFA.” Sebego, a lawyer by profession, added that the association was in dire need of high calibre and competitive employees.

He said the troublesome Botswana Premier League (BPL) has grown by   over 200 percent despite its litany of problems. Sebego blamed the   nagging issues plaguing the BPL on political flaws. “The problem at the   BPL is not necessarily people but the structure.” However, Sebego said the league sponsor was staying onboard, adding that there was need to choose capable people within the organisation.

Sebego, who explained that he had already done most of his campaigning in regions across the country, said he has formed solid networks at FIFA, through which the country stands to benefit. Sebego’s cavalry ahead of the elections include, Basadi Akoonyatse (1st president), Tariq Babitseng (2nd President), Masego Nchingane (ordinary member), Olson Mantle (ordinary member), Abel Monnakgotla (ordinary member) and Suzie Montsho (ordinary member).

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Heelang, hands off journalists!



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




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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