Former Botswana Premier League (BPL) General Manager Setete Phuthego has said he is not interested in returning to the premier league following speculation that he has been identified as a possible replacement to Bennett Mamelodi, the current league Chief Executive officer (CEO).
‘‘I do not want to work at the league any more, I do not have business with them, all I want is my money that I think I deserve when I was unceremoniously sacked in 2012,’’ Phuthego told WeekendSport.
Reports say Mamelodi is now limping on as BPL Chief Executive Officer after allegedly been slapped with another letter of suspension beginning of this week. It is said his decision to challenge his redeployment angered the leader of the association, Mc Lean Letshwiti who feels relations have now been strained.
Mamelodi was redeployed to unnamed post at BFA pending the findings of forensic report.
However, Phuthego says it is not true that he is watching with keen interest as Mamelodi falls under the football radar. ‘‘I do not understand why people link me with premier league, it is just unfortunate to hear that,’’ he said.
Phuthego who was replaced by Mamelodi was fired in August 2012. His demise began surfacing at a time when RP Production’s relationship with the league was painfully strained. He was accused of having a cordial relationship with the broadcasting company. To further bring down the former Satmos administrator, fingers of blame pointed towards him for failure to offer his staff at BPL employment contracts. He was also accused of having made a careless transaction sometime in 2005 with Enigmatic Ltd which trades as Pula Sports Consultancy. This move left the Premier League in debt. This subsequently led to the league dropping the idea of having full time consultants.
Earlier this year Phuthego was nearly barred from entering Lekidi football centre as continued to demand his pays. But it seems emotions have cooled down after the new regime entered into office.
However sources say Phuthego has played a pivotal role in unseating Tebogo Sebego for BFA presidency. They say ‘‘time to reward him is near, and therefore expect the unexpected.’’
Phuthego came to the Premier League sometimes in 2005 deputising the then Administrative Secretary of the league Comfort Ramatebele. At the time, his position was better known as the league secretary. It was in 2007 that he ascended to the post of Administrative secretary when his senior, Ramatebele, parted with the league under a cloud of animosity. In 2008, when Botswana Telecommunication Corporation, trading as be-MOBILE, first came on board as sponsor for the league, Phuthego was elevated to the post of General Manager which he was ‘forced’ to leave after a cold spell of war that reached the industrial court.
He would later resurface at Township Rollers as their first general manager before succumbing to prolonged illness that eventually forced him to leave the job.
Recently, Phuthego was engaged by Selibe Phikwe troubled outfit Satmos as a ‘parent’ to help them argue their cases with the premier league.
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