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BFA laces Kemoeng ouster plan?

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kitso Kemoeng, is virtually a dead man walking. His future at Lekidi football centre is bleak as his alleged involvement in football politics is highly likely to cost him his job.

WeekendSport has established that KK, as Kemoeng is popularly known in football circles is standing on wobbly ground allegedly because the new football association regime is struggling to regain trust in him, even though observers say they have not publicly stated so. His main fault, observers have let out, was his demonstrated high allegiance to the ousted Tebogo Sebego regime, in the build up to the July-August 2016 elections.

Lately, when he accompanied the new BFA President, MacLean Letshwiti, to an international meeting in Cairo, sources say, it was evident that trust between the two, who are supposed to work hand in hand, was wilting away.

When the referees’ issue hit BFA last weekend, Kemoeng, reports say, chose to attend a sponsorship launch with the First Division North – a league spearheaded by individuals close to the immediate former president. Apparently, of the four delegates, three of them had voted for Sebego.

It may look as a politically motivated reason to build a case against Kemoeng who is regarded as a shrewd sport administrator on his own right, but indicators point to a relationship now torn beyond repair.  

Sometime this month, it is said that Kemoeng approved that a C-licence course be held at Orapa, but unfortunately money was depleted along the way. The Association, as a means of recovery had to move the course back to Lekidi football centre, but his (Kemoeng) decision appears to have left the new regime fuming.

In December last year, Kemoeng‘s ousting plot was mooted. The then fuming NEC wanted to remove him for allegedly entertaining former BFA president Sebego’s antics when dealing with BFA’s sensitive issues. Majority of the NEC members who made it public knowledge that they had lost confidence in Sebego planned to oust Kemoeng who they thought was on probation.

According to different NEC members, they remembered BFA offering Kemoeng a three year contract with six months probation. However, the soft spoken sport administrator escaped the ouster plot when it emerged that his probation was actually for three months and had already elapsed at the time.

“I cannot discuss anything regarding myself, it’s an internal issue, and just like I have always refused to talk about my staff contracts and other related issues,” he said at the time.

Kemoeng was hired in July 2015. He was in the run with former Township Rollers and premier league chairman, Walter Kgabung and 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 was not knowledgeable about the game. 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.

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