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BPL eliminates CEO post

Botswana Premier League board of governors  is tip toying around the idea of phasing out the post of Chief Executive Officer(CEO), arguing that an organization (Football Association) cannot be administered by two  CEOs, WeekendSport has been told.


As things stand, the Premier League is a structure under the control of Botswana Football Association (BFA) which has its own CEO. Since April 2012 the Premier league has had a CEO- a post created when Bennett Mamelodi arrived in the football fold. The debate is on going to scrape off the post and return to the traditional structure where the league was led by a general manager.  Those who argue for the change indicate that the league house is not yet an independent entity, therefore procedure has to be adhered to until the status quo changes.


The report further mentions that the incumbent ‘CEO’ will be allowed to run the portfolio of general manager as per job descriptions.  But those who are against the idea feel the premier league is further taking many steps backwards, placing the dream of autonomy beyond reach. “I have heard about that from elsewhere, I cannot readily confirm if the CEO post will be eliminated, but what I know is that the league is not an independent structure, and there has been further consultation on the issue,” league acting CEO Thabo Ntshinogang said.


Information further states that Phuthego Setete will not be returning to the league as some reports claim, but rather Ntshinogang will run the portfolio until a call to fetch for another brain is entertained.  “The post of a CEO is eliminated because with the current practice, a CEO was at liberty to negotiate sponsors for the league, but because consultants are now in place, there is no need to continue with such,’’ shared a source.


The constitution of the football association recognizes the BPL plum post as the Premier League Executive Director and not the CEO. In March of 2012, a decision to create this post divided the board that was then led by Mike Molefhe. A month later, the Premier League board of governors approved the idea after league management presented it, primarily with an effort of reducing the General Manager (GM)’s work-load.


The CEO was responsible for the overall management of the league and controlled the accounts of the league. He also coordinated all activities of the league and appointed staff in the general secretariat. He was also responsible for keeping and storing minutes of the League meetings as he attended them by virtue of the then invented position. The CEO was paid by the Premier League itself. His first salary was P25 000 and it continued to rise to close to P 80 000 before the association sacked him a few weeks back.

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