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BFA flawed tender exposed

A report detailing how a company by the name Global Consultant won a bid of restructuring the Botswana Football Association (BFA) road-map has been released and the findings point to a flawed process conducted to favour one competitor.

The report which was seen by WeekendSport reveals that Global Consultants (PTY) LTD was never part of the bidding selection, but rather its name cropped up at the eleventh hour, a scenario that caused much havoc.

On March 4, 2015, the report reveals, a total of 8 consulting companies were identified from the market, and later issued with detailed tender Terms of Reference (TOR), as a response to the invitation to tender for the provision of an organizational structure review and design. These 8 companies were given a deadline of 20TH March 2015 to submit their tender documents.

It emerges from the report that Global Consultant was not among the listed companies even when the deadline for tender submission was extended to the date of 24TH March. The eight companies are De Chazal DU MEE consulting (DCDMC) LTD, EOH Botswana, Friendly Planet Holding (PTY) LTD, Innolead Consulting, Leadex Consulting, Performance Growth Consultants, Service Bridges Consulting and Stilistics Sportainmnet.

As the bidding procedure was on-going, it was discovered that only 3 companies submitted tender proposals in response to the Terms of Reference (TOR). The three companies are De Chazal DU MEE, EOH Botswana and Innolead Consulting.

It is further revealed that on the 5TH of May, a tender evaluation meeting was scheduled with a proposed evaluation team to speed up the vetting exercise. However, it emerged that such a meeting never took place as it was advised that the then recently appointed Human Resources Manager (HRM) should be involved. A belief was that the HRM would manage the envisaged project going forward.

Three months later, on August 13th, the procurement officer handed over the 3 tender submissions unopened to the HRM.

Surprisingly, the HR Manager, on the same date sent an invite to three more suppliers with a closing date of 21ST August. The HR Manager, whose name is known this publication, did not inform the three original suppliers. Rather, trhe three suppliers were informed about the resubmission with only two days left before the deadline, on the 19th of August.  When given the report, the HR Manager said that only one supplier responded and was therefore awarded the contract by the BFA CEO without the involvement of the evaluation team, or at most, the National Executive Committee of the Association.

On the same day of August 19, according to the report, the procurement officer forwarded the list of those who tendered to the HR Manager. There, the process was on a ‘fast mode’. It is discovered that the HR Manager wrote to Innolead and DCDM informing them that the project had been revived for them to re-submit and tender for consideration by the Tender Committee.

According to the HR Manager’s report, on the closing date, three additional suppliers were added to the list. Curiously, one bidder being Global Consultants submitted the bid. All the while, the report shows that there was no record of the tender opening process as provided for on the TOR. Neither was there any record of an Evaluation Committee being part of the process as per the TOR’s clause 9.1 and 9.2.

As time unfolded, Kitso Kemoeng sent to the NEC the latest updates where he indicated that ‘‘the management was recommending Global consult to be awarded the contract.’’

The report however says there was no indication of an evaluation process carried out. In fact, it is submitted that the opening and evaluation of the tender was done by the HR Manager alone- a finding confirmed by the CEO at one of the meetings.

As the issue of awarding Global Consult heightened, the CEO made a recommendation to the NEC, advising that the company be awarded the contract through round robin resolution. The report says only two members responded positively. The number of the present NEC members is not indicated but it emerges that the round robin process was against the TOR clauses.

At this stage, the report states that severe damage was already done. The HRM’s report shows that some bidders who scored below the technical threshold proceeded to the next stage of opening financial proposal.

On October 22, 2015, at the scheduled NEC meeting, the issue of the changed TORs was raised and Vice President- Finance, Marketing Research, requested that the NEC be furnished with such because the dates proposed by Global Consult were different to those in the approved Terms of Reference.

At that point, a meeting between BFA President Tebogo Sebego and his three Vice Presidents (Marshlow Motlogelwa, Steven Phetlhe and Basadi Akoonyatse) was set on November 4 to extensively discuss the matter.

At the same meeting, the report reveals, the President acknowledged through an email seen by WeekendSport that indeed the process had been flawed. He further advised that the high authority ‘‘should consider relooking at the whole exercise to avoid governance lapses’’.

However, a day later, everyone was left shell shocked upon learning that the CEO had already signed the contract. According to the report, at a meeting on November 5, when a FIFA Development Officer was invited to clarify the issue on restructuring, confusion surrounded the meeting, as the FIFA officer revealed that a contract with Global Consult was signed with FIFA funding the exercise.

This publication previously reported that the matter was handed to the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC). When quizzed about the issue at the time, BFA CEO Kitso Kemoeng refused altogether to share details with this publication. ‘‘I think you should ask DCEC, they are best placed to answer your question,’’ he said. When further pressed about the restructuring issue, the CEO said, ‘‘I cannot talk about that matter, those who have informed you should have given you all the details.’’ Before, the incumbent CEO had laughed off the issue that he was conniving with the president to block other members from discussing the matter.

This is the same issue that had dominated media headlines for some time. The president was accused by several NEC members for signing the contract with Global consultant without engaging his committee. It was alleged that the contract was copied to FIFA- the world football governing body to inject cash for the restructuring exercise. At the time, the president was asked about the issue and he only responded that, ‘‘we will take the matters by the strides, I have not heard of any revolt and the law shall prevail’’.

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Rollers make digital strides

11th June 2021
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A recent study shows that Township Rollers is not only popular within the perimeters of Botswana, but has also made significant steps within the digital football platforms in Africa.

Out of the 70 African football clubs ranked on the African football digital benchmark, Township Rollers comes on the 35th position backed by a massive social media following. The club website records more than 399 000 followers and is seen as the most interactive in the local game.

This is consistent with the recent study conducted by FIFA- world football governing body- that Rollers is the only team locally that makes use of its digital platforms.

Notably, it comes out that the gap between Township Rollers and the rest of the 15 Premier League clubs is abysmal, this therefore works against creating a strong BPL brand value.

Rollers is the only club with more than 50 000 followers on Facebook, more than 20 000 followers on Twitter while its Instagram platform stands strong at 27 800 followers.

However, it is found out that much of the BPL brand value is killed by some social Facebook football fan accounts.  They have stood long and have thus attracted more followers than the official accounts. Pages like Killers Pass and Botswana Football have consequently seen more than 100 000 following. Both of the accounts give 24 hour on-going updates of football’s latest news, transfers, results, video and live updates.

FIFA has therefore come to a conclusion that the two social media pages have grown interactive since they incite followers to answer and present their impressions about local football.

It comes into the open that 70 percent of domestic premier league clubs do not have official websites. This according to FIFA, kills the brand and visibility of clubs hence failure to attract lucrative sponsors by the clubs. FIFA also found out that the remaining 30 percent of clubs with websites are lacklustre and found wanting when it comes to their online presence. But in this regard, Rollers is on pole position.

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GU finally snatches Ditsele

3rd June 2021
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Hard tackling midfielder, Lebogang Ditsele has completed a move from Botswana Premier League (BPL) champions, Jwaneng Galaxy, to Gaborone United in a reported lucrative two-year deal, WeekendSport can confirm.

The Reds have finally made their move for their long-time target and the enterprising midfielder is said to be happy to have completed the transfer after a heavy fall out with Galaxy management.

He wants to play football that pays, something which Galaxy cannot offer and the allure of GU was certainly too much for Ditsele to turn a blind eye.

The team as led and directed by construction magnate, Nicholas Zakhem- who is reported to have given ‘CCTV’ a mouth-watering P30 000 per month plus winning bonuses contract in demonstration of their seriousness to win silverware.

Sometime in March, the industrious player gave Galaxy an ultimatum-to either improve his contract benefits or let him go-after a decision was taken to offer the whole team pay cuts amid the devastating effects of the corona virus pandemic.

Galaxy had arrived at a conclusion of giving each player P 3000 until a time football returns to the field with moneyed sponsorships.

“We are proud to have signed him because he will add quality to our squad once football returns. Always a quality player and like him and he is now available, you don’t say there is no football, you tie him down before other clubs beat you to his signature,” said club Director, Nicholas Zakhem.

It is believed that Ditsele has always recognized GU as one of the country’s leading clubs, capable of competing for the grandest prizes. Ditsele was at Gilport Lions before he was snatched up by Galaxy and now GU.  His moves come as no surprise as his dream has always been to play for high paying clubs.

No doubt, Ditsele has enjoyed his years at Galaxy, where he is feted by the supporters, but the lad has always felt that the time is right to move on. Ditsele leaves having a year left on his contract.

It is impossible to dispute the value and service that he has given to the club, with the last season being his best, winning the premiership title.

Once Galaxy has sent him to overseas club at Highlands Park but returned home after a short stint.

However, the fan favourite, who has had an on and off relationship with the national team, The Zebras, was never going to be held by the terms of his contract.

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No injury problems for Amos

2nd June 2021
Nijel Amos

Despite encountering an injury scare ahead of the IAAF Diamond League circuit this week, Nijel Amos’ Olympic dream is still on track and he remains ever capable to stun the world by replicating his famous feat at the 2012 Olympic Games.

This was confirmed by his coaches and doctors after the Botswana star suffered a minor calf injury that forced him out of the weekend race. The multiple conqueror of 800m races is expected back on the track on June 9th to shake off this injury scare and face the possibilities of winning another Olympic medal. This likelihood only has one month to go!

Amos remains the only Motswana athlete to ever win a medal at the Olympic Games, a rare but magnificent accomplishment that still lingers in the memory of Botswana sport fraternity. At the time, he was only 18 years and strange enough, that silver medal felt like Gold for many.

His anticipated presence at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is on course to renew the long standing rivalry between him and the Kenyan 800m world record holder, David Rudisha. This is the same Kenyan competitor who won Gold when Botswana’s Amos came second in a race that would become the toast of the competitions at the London Olympics.

However, two years later, at 2014 Commonwealth Games, Amos dethroned Rudisha in another breath-taking race that confirmed and sparked the ongoing thrilling competitiveness — filled with pleasure, pain and sporting hatred- between the two.

When Amos was beaten in London, he never cared who won the race but was ecstatic to have finished at the podium, writing his name into Olympic Game folklore.

But in Glasgow, for Rudisha, defeat seemed not to have diminished his hopes. After the finish, when the lacerations were sharpest and the wound deepest, Rudisha was pictured hugging Nijel Amos, and congratulating him for a job well done.

Then, Amos was just 20 years, oozing with confidence. The shy looking Rudisha wrapped a Kenyan flag around his back and went on a lap of honour to celebrate his silver medal.

If there was disappointment Rudisha masked it with the skill of an actor. He smiled and waved as he received a standing ovation. “Amos is a tough competitor and he was very good,” Rudisha once admitted, stating matters of sporting facts that would follow between the two runners. Win. Lose. Win. Lose.

But then, there have been echoes of a swollen Muhammad Ali after his defeat to Joe Frazier, winking at the hundreds of fans who had converged at his hotel, determined to show light on his darkest day. The bruises on that day were to Rudisha’s record, not his face. Like Ali, he promised to be back.

But that night was about Amos. A callow 18-year-old who finished second to Rudisha at London 2012 sharpened his confidence, hardened by beating his idol twice on the Diamond League circuit, grew with each passing year.

However, both athletes began to suffer sporting injuries of their own, they lost the edge they were well-known for and it is why at the 2016 Olympic Games, the bookmakers were upset when they could not meet at the final. It was Amos who faltered in the heats and although Rudisha became the first Kenyan to retain an Olympic title, it was not as scintillating as it was in 2012.

Now with a month to go, Amos is living in prayer, hoping he stays free from injuries. He is looking forward to become the star again. He has won everything at the diamond league and broke every national record, but his eyes are still fixed on the ultimate prize- the Gold medal at the international stage, with or without David Rudisha.

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