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BFA split over Malesu

A defiant section of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) has approached Ookeditse Malesu to take over the role of Chief Executive Officer, WeekendSport has established.


Malesu, a former Botswana National Sports Commission board member is lined to replace another ex-BNSC member, Kitso Kemeoeng who was fired after the new BFA regime took the reins last year. However, sources indicate that not all within the often stubborn NEC are in unison about Malesu taking over as their next CEO. Sources say the NEC is split into two with some expressing discontentment with Malesu’s credentials while others feel he has the personality BFA needs for a CEO.


His backers within the NEC are of the view that Malesu will be easily controlled and supervised by the BFA leadership. “We need somebody we can control; somebody who can work under our supervision from time to time,” a source disclosed.


Those who are against him being put at the helm of BFA argue that he is still wet behind the ears and has a long way to go before he can assume any demanding role, or plum post at the BFA. Further, the group suggests that Malesu’s demeanour is weak and would not be able to handle the pressure that come with assuming such a high profile post. The group is in fact calling for an intense recruitment drive that brought the likes of Kitso Kemoeng, Keith Masters and Styles Ntshinogang.


Malesu was part of the team that campaigned for the new BFA president, Maclean Letshwiti and is currently the BFA head of security. He lost his battle as an ordinary member in the NEC at last year’s August elections.
BFA media relations, Tumo Mpatane could not be drawn into discussing the matter only saying “I cannot talk about anything until the board briefs us on new developments, the only person I know is Susan Lawrence who is still occupying the post,  although on a temporary basis.”


With a number of blunders and past failures by past chief executive officers at Lekidi football centre, BFA has to tread carefully on trying out new combinations and the decision to bring on board Malesu is still seen as a move on their part to douse flames from government around how the BFA manages its affairs.


Malesu or any other person who will assume the portfolio of the CEO of the association will become the 9th head of the secretariat since the inception of BFA IN 1976.  Ashford Mamelodi and Thabo Ntshinogang are the only past football administrators who have gone through to the end of their contracts. Duncan Kgame, Keith Masters, Thuso Dikgaka, Judge Mookodi, Mooketsi Kgotele and Kitso Kemoeng all fell by the way side as football politics continue to polarise the association.


Should the status quo remain, the NEC will have to consult again, information suggests. Susan Lawrence has been holding the fort while the search for the right man for the job continues. When approached for comment, Malesu said he was aware of all the corridor talk and speculations about him being the next BFA CEO but no official information had reached him as yet. “I have heard all about those rumours, nobody has official approached me,” he responded.


When further quizzed if he will accept the call if informed about it, the soft spoken administrator said; “it depends on several factors; I will have to consult, remember this is a demanding post that can create enemies for you.”

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