Ailing Botswana Premier League Chief Executive Officer, Bennett Mamelodi, has been slapped with office abuse charges by the Botswana Football Association (BFA).
The CEO has been summoned and was arraigned before a BFA independent committee on Thursday morning to answer for his charges-WeekendSport has been told. Although the publication could not get hold of Mamelodi’s charge sheet by press time, sources claim that the league CEO faces a couple of charges mainly regarding the league’s finances.
It is said the football administrator who entered Lekidi Football Centre in April 2012 is expected to explain why he received a ballooning car allowance while at the same time he hired and rented cars for his personal use. It is also said that Mamelodi has to provide answers as to why many of the companies trading with BPL were not called for tendering.
The blood brother of Ashford Mamelodi is believed to be fighting tooth and nail to clear his name in what now seems to be a bloodbath battle between him and the association. The relationship between the two has over the past months decayed especially after Tebogo Sebego lost BFA general elections in August of last year.
Mamelodi is expected to engage his personal advocate, Dutch Leburu to continue the titanic battle, not necessarily against reinstatement, but against the abuse of laid down procedures that the association has squandered. Of late, his suspension was extended without the input of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and he is determined to fight the battle to the bitter end.
His contract with the BPL is expected to come to an end in October, but since his suspension, Thabo Styles Ntshinogang has been acting on his behalf. The ability of Ntshinogang to run the BPL CEO portfolio is not in question, but what is not yet known is his experience to administer the modern game. He became the forth BFA CEO taking the baton from Falcon Sedimo, now holding similar but demanding responsibilities at the Botswana National Sports Commission(BNSC). At the end of his three year tenure, Ntshinogang’s contract was never renewed for allegedly differing with BFA leadership on many aspects of the game.
When reached for clarity, Ntshinogang refused altogether to talk about his ascendency to the BPL post and whether he will take the post on permanent basis if he was to be given the offer. ‘‘I cannot talk about the issue now, please ask my employers,’’ he said.
The board of governors, comprising of 16 premier league chairpersons have always believed that Mamelodi was not the right man for the job.
A couple of times, he survived several ouster plots as the BPL leadership would shield him. Efforts to solicit comment from BFA were unsuccessful as Tumo Mpatane, BFA’s spokesperson, said he could not comment on the matter as it was still ongoing. He instead referred this publication to BFA Acting CEO, Susan Lawrence who was said to be locked in a lengthy meeting at the time of going to print.
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