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BFA keeps Mamelodi guessing


Botswana Football Association’s (BFA) newly voted in regime is keeping premier League Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bennett Mamelodi, guessing about his future and is expected to make a pronouncement on the matter before the league commences next month.


WeekendSport has been informed that the regime-whose boss Mac Lean Letshwiti- is pleading for reconciliation for the sake of progress, is anticipated to face a bullish premier league board of governors to consider the now troubled future of the premier league CEO. According to sources, Letshwiti wants Mamelodi’s case settled out of court, citing difficult financial situations at Lekidi football centre as his chief reason.  


However, Letshwiti and his troops have been asked to approach the issue with caution lest it sow seeds of discontentment. The board, reports say, is insistent in finishing off its best laid plans in throwing Mamelodi out of the league. It is reported that the current BFA high ranking authority, having played a ‘crucial’ role in tossing former BFA president, Tebogo Sebego, under the football radar, has no interest in saving the CEO and they allegedly all want him out.


All the while, Letshwiti who has so far received enchantment and antipathy in equal measure after agreeing with Township Rollers to withdraw Nato ‘s case at Court of Sports arbitration (CAS) at FIFA offices, is believed to be sliding to a well guarded approach in protecting the interest of the game. While sources would not want to discuss further the mind of the newly elected BFA president, what is now coming into the open is the strained relations between the board and its CEO.


Whatever the circumstances, reports say the board is not willing to work with Mamelodi until a forensic investigation is completed. Observers see it as a messy issue now testing Letshwiti‘s resolve. WeekendSport moles say, at a worst possible scenario, Mamelodi might be allowed to finish his contract which does not expire until next year, and will never be renewed.


It is said, a forensic investigation was cancelled by Sebego during the build up to August 13 elections, and now BPL board want it to be resumed.  


Meanwhile, Mamelodi who was once suspended by the league board in March 2016 and later reinstated has begun his route in and out of court. His suspension was followed by the removal of Walter Kgabung and Solomon Mantswe from their positions. Walter was the board chair, while Mantswe was his assistant. Weeks later, in fists of frustration, Mantswe announced that he was challenging Sebego for the uppermost BFA post and suffered a humiliating defeat at elections time.


On Tuesday of this week, Mamelodi was back at court and nothing concrete came about as his case was moved to October 5 for further engagement.  He is represented by Dutch Leburu.


Mamelodi was head hunted in 2012 by the leadership of Mike Molefhe. He was primarily brought in to attract more sponsors into the league, as his football language was deemed ‘too convincing to ignore.’ However, his ascendency to this post raffled few feathers.

The board did not agree in unison regarding his coming, some saying at least the post be advertised to avoid  a case that the former sports consultant is being favoured. He was later to encounter opposition of many kinds when he tried to negotiate with the world class television in Super Sport Channel to beam Botswana premier league games.

The move equally divided football spectrum, some expressing contentment that the television will market local players while others felt that the state owned television should be given first priority as has always been the case.


Earlier this year, his contract was extended for further two years. But deliverables were set to align it with the newly established league strategy. Mamelodi will not comment when reached for clarity.

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