It is clear as a day that the Botswana Football Association (BFA) management will not rest until its former boss, Tebogo Sebego is brought to book. This follows their determination to re- submit their complaint against the local lurid lawyer on 4th of July that effectively open the case on a new chapter.
BFA, over the last few months, were seen to be fluffing lines as they desperately tried to charge Sebego. The disciplinary committee of the association dismissed them on grounds that proper procedure was not followed when charging the Notwane Sporting Club president.
It is on record that the DC said that the association could not investigate and charge Sebego-who is now their number 1 enemy- and that role should be conducted by the chairman of the DC.
The association was then ordered to follow proper procedure of just registering a complaint against the former president and further provides evidence of the matter. Investigations and charges are to be left with the chairman of the committee. When reached for comment at the time Sebego said, “I am happy with the outcome. Justice has prevailed. It is now time for us to focus on our core mandate and not self-induced disputes. I am obviously disappointed that the NEC, who are supposed to protect the constitution and its secondary statutes, breach them with impunity.”
In their complaint, BFA now write that, “Mr Sebego who is the president of Notwane football club-a member of the Botswana football association- has through his Facebook profile made utterances that we consider to have brought the name of the association, its structures and officials into disrepute.” BFA notes with incense that Sebego’s facebook comments written between October 2017 and May 2018 carried a lot of evil attack on the side of the association.
The association holds a strong argument that Sebego’s previous 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. BFA alleged that Tebogo Sebego wrote on his facebook profile the following: “BNOC elections…I towers is back Envelopes shall roll I have seen envelopes killing my sport.” This was said to be have been written October 5th 2017.
According to BFA judgment, the said words brought the good name of the BFA and its officials into disrepute as it is alleged that the BFA elections are marred by corrupt practices of buying votes. BFA still submits that Sebego on May 18 2018 through his same facebook profile, accused BFA officials of being cowards who employ unorthodox methods to stop people from standing for elections. BFA is adamant that the said words were derogatory, defamatory and also brought the good name of the BFA officials into disrepute.
Furthermore, BFA captures that on May 25th 2018, the former president referred to BFA officals as “spineless an evil people who lack self-esteem and accused them of using dirty tricks all the time. The association says the words were not only derogatory but also brought the good name of the BFA and its officials into disrepute.
Sebego‘s last transgression is said to have been committed on May 30th 2018. BFA argues that the Notwane president referred to the BFA as an organization that facilitates the breach of its own governing statues, and accused it of been run by the devil. The said words are interpreted by the organisation to mean that BFA and its officials do not respect the statutes and flagrantly breaches them. The date of the matter is yet to be established.
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.
Some disgruntled Botswana Football League (BFL) shareholders are planning to petition the BFL board led by Gaborone United director and chief financier Nicolas Zackhem and his treasurer Jagdish Shah. Furthermore, they want to challenge the Botswana football Association (BFA) leadership over the deteriorating status of football in the country.
Botswana Football Association (BFA) is poised to benefit from FIFA’s forward development programme. The Association will receive over P80 million to be used during the course of the next four years, as the world football governing body is strengthens its commitment to building a stronger foundation and the growth of football.
The Forward 3.0 funds – to be accessed by all 54 CAF members for the next four years have seen an increase of USD 2 million compared to Forward 2.0 cycle and Forward 1.0 cycle when the programme was launched.
According to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, the third cycle of the programme will be launched this month and it will dedicate more financial resources than before to developing football nations as there is an overall increase of approximately 30% compared to Forward 2.0.
“It is vital that we are now strengthening our commitment to building a stronger foundation for the growth of football,” Infantino noted.
The 62 page report by FIFA-Forward-Development-Programme-Forward-3-0-regulations also reveals that for travel and equipment, each member association, subject to compliance with the regulations, will receive an additional USD 1 million to cover the cost of travel and accommodation for their national teams. It further states that the remaining funds may be used to cover the cost of travel and accommodation for domestic competitions organized by the member associations.
“A contribution of up to USD 200,000 for the four-year cycle (2023-2026) to cover the cost of any football equipment related to the training of players and organization of matches (e.g. full kits for the national teams, balls, mini goals, bibs, substitution boards and referees’ communication systems) for those member associations that are identified as needing the most assistance,” the report indicated.
FIFA President, Infantino and his team said the member association is identified as needing the most assistance, for the purpose of the contributions, where their annual revenues (excluding Forward Programme funds as well as funds from any other FIFA programme/ initiative) do not exceed USD 4 million as the figure shall be reflected in the latest annual statutory audit report submitted to the FIFA general secretariat within six months after the closing of the relevant financial year.
Nevertheless, the contributions for travel will be released in four equal installments of USD 250,000 each in January every year, whilst those for equipment will be released in four equal installments of USD 50,000 each in January every year provided that the member association has fulfilled the conditions.
For the specific projects – in the case of Botswana and Namibia – there is an ambition to host the AFCON 2027 and if the joint bid succeed, the two nations will need to build new stadium to meet the requirements of CAF as the Bid technical committee has alluded before; therefore the two associations could make an appeal for extra funds to FIFA.
The report further says where a member association uses funds allocated for specific projects to improve or build new football infrastructure for its direct benefit or for the benefit of another entity (e.g. regional associations or clubs), the member association shall also provide, as part of the supporting documents, the FIFA general secretariat with the relevant national land registry certificate or extract confirming that the member association or the other entity is the owner of the land or the agreements confirming the donation, transfer or other form of provision to, or use of land by the association.
When contacted for comment, local sports analyst, Jimmy George said; “Ours is more a lack of vision, than money to finance programs. Regrettably when you lack vision not even USD 8 million can bail you out. Its pity the funds might be used to pay for the past projects that have yielded very little success.”