Thabo ‘Styles’ Ntshinogang, Botswana Premier League’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has been expelled following his unsuccessful redeployment process at the beginning of the year.
Thabo ‘Styles’ Ntshinogang has seen his last days as Botswana Premier League’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as he is heading out of Lekidi Football Center with a dismissal letter, this coming roughly 10 months before his contract expires-WeekendSport has been told. It remains a closely guarded secret that the CEO has been expelled following his unsuccessful redeployment process at the beginning of the year.Ntshinogang vacated the Premier League office moving to BFA, but he expressed misgivings about the move and later the decision was withdrawn when both parties agreed to part ways, sources say.
While some sources claim that BFA deliberately frustrated Ntshinogang for him to finally ship out, it is also maintained that he was fired by the board two weeks ago, a decision that would later be approved by the association. The conclusion to fire Styles was taken at the Premier League annual retreat. However, Styles is believed to be contesting the pronouncement and is claiming damages caused. He wants the remainder of the contract to be fully paid. It is claimed that he is expecting a payout of close to P40 000. Recruited under Maclean Letshwiti’s reign, Ntshinogang was seen as the embodiment of hard work and determination, two crucial virtues needed to shape the Premier League CEO plum post.
It is said before his appointment; the Premier League board was not convinced that employing Ntshinogang will immediately help to turn around the fortunes of elite league powered by BTC. He was later, after protracted talks, convinced by former Premier League board Chairman, Okaila Rapula to opt for him. However, those who would more readily doubt Ntshinogang’s credentials might suggest this was merely the latest instance of passing the buck. While at the league, he was seen to be breaking relations with some staff members and the combination of complaints from the administrative team to anxious sponsors point in his direction. Some observers however feel that the manner in which the sports administrator has been treated was harsh but there are members of the BFA hierarchy who had grown tired of his perceived blame culture hence pushing for his dismissal, reports claim. When reached for comment, Ntshinongang laughed off the expulsion issue contending that, “I am still employed and I am working as we speak.”
Ntshinogang came to the league radar founding an office struggling to keep their relationship with sponsors intact. He succeeded Bennett Mamelodi whom many football observers argue that he raised the bar in administering the league’s affairs. Ntshinogang was expected to fail given his style of leadership. Sources paint him as an honest man who unfortunately could not deal with an often stubborn board of governors. It is not clear if Ntshinogang will eventually be replaced or the association will heed UEFA’s recommendations that it is best to phase out the post.
The Manchester United defender will now focus on his club career having made 93 caps for France, appearing at three world cups and on European championship. The Les Bleus won the World cup in 2018 and Raphael Varane started all but one of France’s matches in Qatar as they finished as runners up to Argentina
With many being of the view that the state of football in Botswana has deteriorated significantly as it is no longer appealing to the business community, this was a good week for the football community. The Botswana Football Association (BFA) leadership under the stewardship of MacLean Letshwiti secured sponsorship for a combined value of P19. 3 million for the FA Cup competition and the First Division league – both South and North.