Just over a week ago, Botswana Football Association booted shrewd sports administrator, Kitso Kemoeng from his plum post and replaced him with Susan Lawrence, the sport administrators were however not prepared to divulge reasons as to why Kemoeng was set aside, and instead gagged the media from inquiring about the ordeal. WeekendSport however, has information to the effect that, Kemoeng flouted various procedures and also let sums of money disappear under his watch.
Kemoeng, while CEO, is alleged to have allowed lawlessness to rule, while he used misguided logic and took for granted set procedure. This according to sources dragged football against the grain of progression and commercialisation which the country is struggling to achieve.
A probe carried out by this publication also reveals that there is also an assortment of accusations branded on Kemoeng but three major charges are bound to crucify him. The former Chief Executive Officer of Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) is accused of undermining his National Executive Committee (NEC) following quite a number of procedures having been conducted without the committee’s input.
It appears the first sensitive issue is with regards to one of the association’s football sponsorship deals. The sponsor, who is known to this publication’s cannot be disclosed for their own protection. A confidential report says that Kemoeng, under the supervision of past BFA president, Tebogo Sebego, engaged an agency to negotiate terms of the sponsorship that would later re-commit to the new deal. The name of the consulting company will also be undisclosed. It is alleged, during the deal, that the NEC was kept in the dark of developments, and further information suggests that the consulting agency was paid close to P500 000 as commission.
In another charge, Kemoeng is accused of having employed certain individuals, albeit with a restructuring exercise being underway. He is said to have employed his Personal Assistant willy-nilly and also creating out of the blue, a post for Executive Assistant. The latter post was crafted when Thabo Ntshinogang was asked to hold a fort at Botswana Premier League (BPL) as acting Chief Executive Officer pending the conclusion of matters surrounding the suspension of Bennett Mamelodi. This, according to information put more strain in the depleted BFA coffers.
The third charge, reports say, is somewhat linked with the second charge. It is reported that sometimes this month, Kemoeng approved that a C-licence course be held at Orapa. It is said money (to run the course to the end) unfortunately got depleted along the way. The association, as a means of recovery had to move the course back to Lekidi football centre, but his decision appears to have left the new regime fuming.
Kemoeng is said to have already replied to the accusations, throwing the ball back inside BFA court.
Efforts to solicit comment from him hit a snag as repeated calls were continually cut. But when speaking with this publication a week before his fall, he said, he did not want to discuss relations with his NEC, but however admitted to a have a good working relationship with his principal, Mac Lean Letshwiti. ‘‘As far as I am concerned, Letshwiti is a good man, a man of integrity and we are in good terms. He continued, ‘‘I have not heard of any ouster plot and as far as I am concerned I am working with this leadership.’’
Kemoeng acknowledged the issue of C licence course held at Orapa and took the blame upon himself. ‘‘ Yes of course the course was held at Orapa but there was a short sight on account of money, and I am still investigating how it might have happen of which i shall submit the report to my principals,’’ he said.
Kemoeng whose other name is Kagiso was hired in July 2015. He was in the run with former Township Rollers and Premier League chairman Walter Kgabung together with former Botswana Railways (BR) Chief Executive Officer, Taolo Sebonego. It came as no surprise when Kemoeng emerged the winner from the three-horse race. Although Sebonego is said to have shown a great deal of corporate language, his only undoing was putting together a footballing argument.
Sebonego’s disadvantage, according to reports, was that he is not knowledgeable about the game although he can learn quickly from his employers. Having led BR at some point, Sebonego did prove his mettle despite having to leave at some point. With a number of blunders and past failures at the hands of the chief executive officers at Lekidi, the panel did not want to start trying out new combinations and a decision to hire Kemoeng was seen to be in the interest of dousing flames from government around how the BFA manages its affairs.
Remnant of the historic Africa Cup of Nations squad of 2012, Mogakolodi ‘Tsotso’ Ngele and Botswana’s first-choice goal keeper, Kabelo Dambe, will never embody the future of the Zebras as long as Adel Amrouche is at the helm, WeekendSport has established.
The duo made this confession in the squad secret WhatsApp group seen by this publication, expressing concern and antipathy about playing for the squad heavily polarised by the coach.
It turns out that the coach has players he favours and prefers, many of who appear in the starting line-up as a long lasting promise to be signed under his stable. The aim is to ultimately recruit them to far flung clubs and earn a commission.
Ngele who remains the only player to have scored the Zebras goal (in open play) at the 2012 edition has endured a rocky affair with the coach.
Not much has been established as to why the affair is in tatters but sources claim that it stretched to a point where Amrouche confronted Ngele’s former coaches at Black Leopards to discuss possible options of side-lining him. The idea was to frustrate the player and kill his confidence as the only player Zebras looked up to.
Ngele, under former coach Peter Butler, was named the squad captain but under Amrouche, he has played cameo roles in World Cup and AFCON qualifiers. Ngele has made three appearances and came once as a substitute in all the 10 games Amrouche managed.
Ngele was hoping for his own great leap forward in an effort to end his nightmare and play for the Zebras especially after earning playing time with his new club, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila.
Do this day, Ngele has made more than 35 appearances for the Zebras since earning his debut in 2009. Away from The Zebras stage, Ngele made significant contributions at Platinum Stars, the first team he signed his professional contract with. In 67 games, he scored 19 times.
Amrouche’s insistency and promise to make a loud impact in this year’s qualifiers did not bear fruit. Part of the blame is shoved on Township Rollers stopper, Kabelo Dambe. He is accused to have failed to stand strong for Zebras and shipped in simpler goals that cost the team to book a flight to Cameroon next year.
A goal against Algeria on home soil and a goal by Zimbabwe last month could have never gone through had he positioned himself better, critics claim.
Dambe who has more than 44 caps and played all Zebras games under Amrouche feels hard done and had hoped the coach and the nation would protect him. He feels the ambition of the country to qualify mirrors a tomorrow that could never come because of his mistakes.
Botswana Football Association (BFA) General Manager of National Teams, Monnakgotla Mojaki when pressed for interview failed to provide details about the future of the two stars.
He expressed concern that he was never hands on when the squad played the qualifiers. This according to Mojaki, was the case because the coach had barred him from mingling with the players.
“I am sorry I cannot assist you with anything, I know nothing and remember I have not spoken to anybody since I was asked not to come to camp,” he shared.
Both Dambe and Ngele are not only equally unhappy but are also equal in age; both are 30 years and have played for Platinum Stars at one point in their careers.
However, there is information to the effect that the duo made a promise to return one day, and that is when the coach has parted company with the association.
Lebogang Ditsile has begun to cast fresh doubts over his future as a Jwaneng Galaxy player. The hard tackling midfielder has handed the club management a transfer request amid rumours linking him with Gaborone United.
This week, the industrious player gave Galaxy an ultimatum -to either improve his contract benefits or let him go- this comes after a decision was taken to offer the whole team pay cuts amid the corona virus pandemic.
Galaxy has arrived at a conclusion of giving each player P3000 until a time football returns to the field.Ditsile, one of the club’ highest paid players is certainly restless and would not want to entertain a second thought over his future.
Galaxy on the other hand is feeling distraught over GU’s constant communication with the player, and are also aggrieved that the Nikholas Zakhem powered team wants to prize away their asset. Ditsile’s contract does not expire until June of 2022.
The situation is not yet explosive but it is believed to have gotten under Ditsile’s skin and it is threatening to turn ugly. Ditsile apparently is the best thing ever to happen to Galaxy and to leave them at this point will surely be a great loss that could take some time for the club to recover.
However, GU is busy making their move for their long-time target and the enterprising midfielder is said to be determined to complete the transfer before the season begins. It is said the player wants to play football without hustles, which Galaxy cannot promise at the present moment, and the allure of GU will certainly prove too much to stay from.
The team led and directed by Zakhem is reported to have promised ‘Tally’ a mouth-watering contract should he voluntarily terminate. It is however noted that GU cannot risk buying the player who is still on a running contract.
It is believed that Ditsile recognises GU as one of the country’s leading clubs, capable of competing for the grandest prizes. In the event of joining GU, Ditsile would have fulfilled his dream of playing for a rich paying club.
He has enjoyed his years at Galaxy, where he is feted by the supporters, but feels that the time is right to move on. It is impossible to dispute the value and service that he has given to the club, with last season being his best.
The fan-favourite, who has had an on and off relationship with the national team, is still held by the terms of his contract while discussions between his agent are continuing behind closed doors.
Those close to developments mention that Ditsile is yet to be shocked by the stubborn position held by the Galaxy; but the club will surely hate losing such a prized possession to their fiercest rivals.
The Galaxy management has a reputation of being tough negotiators but for Ditsile, the offer from GU is one that should be impossible to refuse.On the other hand, GU are mindful of the tactics often displayed by Botswana players.
They have a tendency of bargaining through rival clubs so as to increase salary or force the management to act swiftly.
The absence of women national league in the country has caused anxiety and alarm at Botswana Football Association (BFA) secretariat. PIC: Soccer Laduma
This is the case because the inaugural COSAFA women champions’ league is about to kick start and BFA is expected to send the name of the team that will represent the country.
As things stand, the association is caught between a rock and a hard place because they are unable to determine the deserving team. The reality facing the association is because its women nation-wide league has never been played since the first corona virus case was registered in March of 2020.
However, the association has devised a plan and a model to opt for a team that will participate in the tournament to be held between November and December of this year. The play offs are expected to commence in August.
BFA has therefore called for an expression of interest from clubs to select the most deserving team.The expression of interest, according to BFA, should cover the club’s financial viability and ability to honour its games (both home and away) without fail. According to findings, the club will need a minimum of P100 00 to play a telling role.
It is therefore highly unlikely that BFA will find a women’s team enjoying such financial freedom. In any case, the association will be forced to offer financial assistance.Township Rollers, Mexican girls and Double Action are the few teams that can possibly be selected, but a huge question mark hangs over their financial disposition.
One other thing needed through the expression of interest is the current books of accounts which will definitely show that the club has been operating. BFA is of the view that this is important because it will help in showing the financial progression of the team.
“We are very pleased with how these events were organized under very difficult circumstances,” COSAFA General Secretary, Sue Destombes said in a statement.
“We take what we learnt in Nelson Mandela Bay into our planning for 2021. We have a full calendar of tournaments at this stage. We are hopeful we will be able to stage them all, even in these most challenging times.
The highlight must be the introduction of the regional Women’s Champions League, which will be a zonal qualifier for the new CAF Women’s Champions League which is coming later this year,” she further shared.