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Mamelodi redeployed

Botswana Premier League’s embattled Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bennett Mamelodi, has been redeployed to work under the piercing eyes of Kitso Kemoeng, the current CEO of Botswana Football Association (BFA), while a forensic audit is under way at the League- WeekendSport has learnt.

The former co-owner of Pula Sports Marketing has been redeployed to allow for the internal audit procedures to run smoothly, the Association has said. The incumbent President of the association said, ‘‘it is common practice to either suspend or redeploy someone when he is been investigated.’’

Meanwhile, reports say, Thabo “Styles” Ntshinogang, a former BFA CEO will temporarily hold the fort.

It is not yet clear what the Association will decide about Mamelodi’s future, but reports have been rife that the outcome of the audit will seal his fate. The recently elected BFA President, McLean Letshwiti is believed to be treating the matter with the seriousness it deserves considering the sensitivity at hand.

Scores of observers say Mamelodi is a capable and shrewd football administrator, but he needs persistent supervision to help him avoid unnecessary pitfalls.

Mamelodi’s new post means he will now work hand in hand with BFA CEO Kemoeng as heads of the secretariat. Having been recruited under the stubborn leadership of Mike Molefhe, that will later usher in an uncompromising committee consisting of Spencer Mmui and Sonny Phiri in 2012, Mamelodi‘s stay at the plum post of BPL was never a bed of roses.

The board of governors, comprising of 16 premier league chairpersons have always believed the blood brother of Ashford Mamelodi, a FIFA development officer, was not the right mould of what the BPL wanted.

A couple of times, he survived several ouster plots and the BPL leadership would shield him. This week the soft-spoken CEO was admitted and released at an unnamed private hospital after allegedly suffering from stress.

However, when quizzed about his redeployment, he did not say anything. Nonetheless, it is said the CEO is challenging his redeployment and has once again engaged his lawyer, Dutch Leburu to argue the matter. Reports indicate that Mamelodi feels it is unfair for him to be redeployed whilst a case between him and BFA was lodged at the industrial court. His contract with the Association expires next year.

While Thabo Ntshinogang’s ability to run the BPL CEO portfolio is not in question, what is not yet known is his capability to administer the modern game. He became the forth BFA CEO taking the baton from Falcon Sedimo, who now holds similar but demanding responsibilities at the Botswana National Sports Commission(BNSC). At the end of his three year tenure, Ntshinogang‘s contract was not renewed for allegedly differing with BFA leadership led by David Fani on many aspects of the game.

When reached for comment, Ntshinogang refused altogether to talk about his ascendency to the BPL post. He rather referred this publication to BFA CEO Kemoeng, and only conceded to be working and assisting the BFA secretariat.

‘‘I cannot talk about such an issue. It is best you ask Kitso Kemoeng who is responsible for disseminating the organisation’s information. What I know for sure is that I work for BFA,’’ he responded.

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