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BFA, Sebego face-off

Publishing Date : 18 December, 2018


Botswana Football Association (BFA) is breaking sweat to haul its former president, Tebogo Sebego before disciplinary committee over allegations that he has soiled the reputation of the local football body.

On Tuesday evening, Sebego who is now the president of Premier League outfit Notwane Sporting Club argued at length about the irregularities of BFA processes to charge him. The association holds a strong argument that Sebego’s Facebook comments were made by an official of the BFA and that the posts violated the rules and regulations of the association on the conduct of officials; what they may not say or do.

However, informants told WeekendSport that Sebego gave the association a torrid time, arguing that the BFA NEC has usurped the role in the functions of the committee. Sebego who is also credited for building the BFA constitution reasoned that the association has unlawfully prescribed the conduct of the proceedings. Furthermore, the Notwane president contended that the disciplinary committee has not received a complaint from the BFA (NEC) as contemplated by article 116: (2).

Interestingly, the BFA DC agreed with Sebego’s arguments that the BFA should have first involved the chairman of the DC on the matter. The argument of the DC, together with that of Sebego is that the investigations regarding the Notwane president should have been carried before proceeding to charge him. It is said the association strongly believes that inquiries have been thoroughly carried out and the proof lies conspicuously within the charge sheet.

It turns out that the DC dismissed the BFA arguments and guided them to follow process. Understandable, the association is eager to appeal so that the case can be comprehensively argued. BFA, as led by Mac Lean Letshwiti sternly believes that the Facebook posts were made by a president of a football club that is affiliated to the BFA, and which club is therefore a member of the BFA as defined in the constitution.

Having understood that position, BFA says article 9 of the constitution obliges officials of the BFA to observe, among other, the statutes/constitution, regulations, directives, decisions and the code of ethics of the BFA in their activities. BFA says its codes of ethics apply to conduct that is seen to be damaging the integrity and reputation of football. This, according to legal advisor, the article mentioned applies to all officials, in this case is Sebego.

It is further mentioned that all officials are obliged to commit to an ethical attitude, to behave in a dignified manner and to act with integrity. The code of ethics, which Sebego has allegedly contravened, is so strict that the breach of it will sanctioned irrespective of whether or not the conduct complained of was committed deliberately or negligently. Sebego once wrote, “You smoke out spineless leaders through court process…I told you all about this evil man. I warned football about him. He lacks self-esteem and uses dirty tricks all the time.”

It is further believed that referring to BFA officials as ‘coward’’ a spineless leader” an evil man; one who lacks self-esteem...all appear to be clear violation of article 3.7 BFA code of conduct. BFA notes that an official who, as it were, vents out in rage in the manner shown in the quote Facebook posts fail to honour the agreed procedures for communicating their dissatisfactions- a violation of article 3.14 of code of conduct.

Sebego is expected to argue that BFA has no social media policy Guidelines to deal with issues of this nature. The former BFA boss is anticipated to argue that the Facebook comment in question is jointly operated by him and his wife and some of the posts were crafted by the wife.



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