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).
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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