The Technical Director of Botswana Football Association (BFA), Benny Kgomela’s days at the Association are numbered as BFA is reportedly planning to not renew his contract upon its expiry, WeekendSport has learnt.
According to information reaching this publication, Kgomela has been the black sheep of the Association and this has in turn made him unwanted at BFA. Sources say that his involvement at Lekidi Football Centre was never a smooth sailing. His contract does not expire until February 2017 though.
The time of his employment caused such a furore that even the Association’s National Executive Committee (NEC) at that time split. Some in the committee were complaining about sabotage while others cried favouritism after the recruitment drive.
It was on record that Kgomela was not shortlisted for the job, BFA failed to clarify how he got the job ahead of the three shortlisted candidates when he (Kgomela) was not in the short list.
Thereafter, Kgomela was on two separate occasions suspended by the Sebego led administration, but survived ouster plots.
Last year, reportedly, Phillimon Makhwenngwe was in hot soup after he contacted the Confederation of African Football (CAF) offices through email complaining and questioning Kgomela’s appointment and qualification. His email effectively got him suspended.
In the email, it is alleged that Makhwenngwe had claimed that his supervisor “is clueless and knows nothing about football”. Upon reception of Makhwengwe‘s email, CAF immediately contacted BFA through its past President, Tebogo Sebego, to assist them regarding Makhwengwe‘s complaints.
Sebego was all the while protecting his technical director and refused to furnish CAF with Kgomela’s qualifications at the time-this was in turn seen as a careful ploy by the former BFA president to prolong Kgomela’s stay at BFA. The accusations that Kgomela was unqualified, it is said, stemmed from him allegedly only possessing ‘certificates of attendance’.
The soft-spoken director has clashed with former Under-23 coach, Keitumetse Paul, while the Zebras fearless coach, Peter Butler has complained bitterly about him.
Meanwhile, the move to dump Kgomela is seen by observers as the accelerated move by the new regime, whose intent is to “clean the BFA mess”. Since new football administrators were ushered into office in August, an intention to relieve incompetent administrators their duties is now on the rise.
However, some see this move, especially after the suspension of Kitso Kemoeng, as a way of fulfilling promises to the foot-soldiers who voted McLean Letshwiti to the BFA plum post.
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