Troubled Botswana FA suspends CEO

By Bakang Mhladi

GABORONE – BOTSWANA Football Association (BFA) chief executive officer, Kitso Kemoeng, was suspended this week sending local football into fresh turbulence.

Straight from a referees strike over a P500,000 ($50,000) debt, Botswana football plunged to a new crisis on Monday when the BFA announced the suspension of its CEO over poor performance.

Insiders told The Southern Times that Kemoeng was suspended due to his allegiance to immediate past president, Tebogo Sebego, who lost to new boss, Maclean Letshwiti, in the August BFA election.

Kemoeng has been accused of meddling in politics instead of focusing on operational matters and the new board, elected together with Letshwiti, has shown him the door.

Letshwiti denied reports that he is on a mission to purge those aligned to former president, Sebego.

“I’m an employer and I know the value of employees. I don’t judge employees by what people say but what they do. There’s no use victimising employees,” he said.

The new BFA administration has embarked on an exercise to assess all employees at the troubled association. BFA is P10 million (US$1 million) in the red, with its organ, the Botswana Premier League, accounting for 60 percent of the deficit.

More heads are expected to roll with Letshwiti installing his favoured personnel in an attempt to steer the beleaguered association towards calmer waters.

Meanwhile, the Botswana Premier League action reached day two over the weekend, with Orapa United clinging on to top post.

It was a weekend of stalemates with half of the eight fixtures drawn. All top sides dropped points on an exhilarating weekend of football.

Orapa United and Mochudi Centre Chiefs provided the tantalising match up of the weekend, but it ended all square 1-1. The result left Chiefs with two draws from as many matches while United moved to four points.

Township Rollers clung on to United’s coat-tails with a fortunate point against rookies, Black Forest in a 2-2 deadlock at the National Stadium on Friday night. The defending champions trailed 2-1 at the break but fought back to draw level, leaving them with level with United on points but behind due to an inferior goal difference.

A host of matches postponed on the opening week due to referees’ strike were expected to be played midweek