A new method of consultation adopted by the new Minister of Youth Empowerment, Culture and Sport Development, Tshekedi Khama is allegedly opening a can of worms — not only at Botswana Football Association (BFA) boardrooms but also within the sport offices.
Days after BFA leadership answered vexing questions from the Minister regarding their internal processes, another second examination would later follow after All Kasi made their frustrations known to his offices. All Kasi are the former technical sponsor of the association whose contract was not renewed after it expired in January of 2019. Sources very close to the developments told WeekendSport that All Kasi are crying foul that BFA has failed to empower them as a local company.
Information from those who attended the meeting sometimes this week is that the company had high expectations from BFA. It is indicated that the Lobatse based company is broken down by the fact that the association as led by president Mac Lean Letshwiti could not renew the contract. All Kasi argued that during the cause of the duration of their 3 year contract, they sourced a bank loan to enable them design apparels for the association. This, therefore, means that the company left to re- pay the loan yet the marriage with the association is no more.
It is said the Minister called BFA leadership which president Mac lean Letshwiti, his vices Segolame Ramotlhwa and Marshlow Motlogelwa together BFA head of secretariat Mfolo Mfolo, to hear their side of the story. Sources further state that BFA argued that All Kasi were always operating under duress and as such could not meet deadlines. BFA reiterated that they were always willing to work with Lobatse clothing company but the fact that they were failing to deliver on time compelled them to entertain a second thought.
All Kasi first dressed the national teams in 2012 before BFA before kicked them for Umbro sponsorship. The company would later re unite with the association in 2016. BFA said they tried the company for the second time to re-establish working relations and help improve their delivery. Documents in the hands of this publication revealed that the association had undertaken to purchase a minimum order of 20.000 replica jerseys every year of the contract. BFA was, after the purchase phase, sell and distribute the replicas for profit making.
Informants say the association bought each replica at a price of P250. This therefore meant that BFA had to pay All Kasi a total of P5million per year. As a measure cost recovery, BFA was selling the same replica at a value of P350 to make P7million, assuming all the jerseys were sold out. Along the way, the move presented problems on the side of the association as they failed to push distribution and sales.
As the contract was facing its last days, information trickled down All Kasi was not supplying the association as per the conditions of agreement. Those in the corner of the Lobatse based company would say All Kasi took the decision because the BFA owed the first installment of 20.000 replicas. All Kasi was allegedly roped onto BFA radar with the influence of former Minister, Thapelo Olopeng.
The company was providing BFA with the value of sportswear (which included training kits, training bibs, track suits, Bench jacket Rain jacket, Golf shirts and raining pants among others) at a value of 1.6 million. The BFA said some of the apparels have not been coming from All Kasi.
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