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’’.
Botswana Football Association (BFA) leadership finds itself caught between a rock and a hard place owing to the ever burning issue of mischievous spending at operational level.
While the association coffers have suddenly dried up, with some staff members getting the boot, the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development has threatened to place the Maclean Letshwiti led association under strict funding for unspecified period of time.
WeekendSport learns that the sport ministry is not happy about the financial status of the association and will want to act before everything get messy.
At the close of last year, the Ministry had to intervene for the Women National Football Team to travel to Ethiopia as BFA had no penny to cover for the travelling costs.
As if that was not enough, the BFA December wages were covered from the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) purse, an abnormality that BFA is at pains to explain.
All these incidents, however, coincide with a time when the Sport ministry is putting in place a new revised modeling for funding. The model requests national sports associations to explain in details the why they will need funding for their calendar of events.
Moreover, the Ministry is eager to prioritize funding basing on the performance of the sport code on a yearly basis.
“Things have changed, we are not going to splash money like we used to do, and we want a code to explain fully how they are going to spend the money,” a source shared.
Moreover, we will be funding looking at the overall performance of the code, we are not going to fund just because it is football and it is loved by many people.”
At worst, the ministry will want the association to account and should BFA fail to balance their books, the National Executive Committee(NEC) is likely to be dissolved by the ministry.
Sources further state that the Ministry’s patience has actually wilted away concerning codes that abuse funds. In the case of BFA, sources point out that they are likely to get half subvention until everything goes back to normalcy.
On a good year, BFA subvention reaches P 5.4million annually. Should the ministry persists, BFA will start operations of the year on a budget of about P 2.7 million. It will not be for the first time the association finds itself bearing the brunt.
Sometimes in 2018 when Tshekedi Khama was the Minister, the association’s subvention were cut down to pay an old standing debt that amounted to P3 million.
However, high ranking officials at the association believe funds can still be accounted for and refuses to accept that they have been reckless when it comes to spending. The official who does not want be named is of the view that the association had to halt FIFA projects and concentrate on incidental expenses brought by COVID -19.
According to BFA expenditure, the CEO gets the higher chunk and that’s where most of the money went. A national trip to South Africa by senior national team has also seen the association spending close to a million.
Moreover, the communication department of the association is bleeding more money after a certain PR agency was appointed nearly two years ago.
Township Rollers first ever Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bennett Mamelodi has reportedly turned down an offer from Botswana Football Association (BFA) to take over the reins at the association as the new CEO.
This comes to the fore following the ‘always expected’ suspension of Goabaone Taylor in December 2021, on account of internal investigations relating to the misappropriation of funds that transpired before her eyes.
Sources speaking to this publication indicate that Taylor will eventually vacate her position, barely eight months after her historic appointment as the first ever lady to lead the often stubborn BFA secretariat.
Masterminds behind her appointment and eventual fall from grace wanted to therefore give Mamelodi an opportunity to assume the role, but the soft spoken administrator is reported to have chickened out, opting to stay put at Township Rollers.
It is not yet known why an ambitious man like Mamelodi’s feet will turn cold over a job that commands respect across football circles.
However, it is reported that the once rejected Mfolo Mfolo will have a second bite on the cherry after BFA president MacLean Letshwiti confided to his close allies that he was misled at a time when Mfolo was sacked.
The equally soft spoken Mfolo, who too has footprints at Township Rollers was fired just after the October 2020 elections for allegedly failing to take charge when the national under 17 was disqualified from the COSAFA tournament after failing the MRI test.
All the while, reports indicate that Mamelodi is eyeing the Botswana Football League (BFL) post where he made his name, but close sources continue to deny that the brother to Ashford Mamelodi will want to go back to Lekidi Football Centre given the manner in which his dismissal was handled about six years ago.
At the time of going to print, he could not be reached for comment.
As things stand, Mamelodi has been appointed as the project manager of BFL while holding the fort at Rollers. He is anticipated to provide insight on how the league can source sponsors for itself and run smoothly without struggles. He is also expected to erect a working structure for the BFL.
Mamelodi has previously worked with Jwaneng Galaxy as well as interim spells with Orapa United to help both clubs turn professional. He is said to be in love with what he does at Popa and it is why he is no longer intrigued by BFA political positions.
However, sources mention that Mamelodi will be tried once again but are skeptical that the man will agree to the deal even if it is mouthwatering.
Township Rollers veterans, who are reaching the end of their careers are hoping to part on high note, but the club has had a slow start to the season, playing second fiddle to its city rivals, Gaborone United. The Reds has won the first edition of FA Cup since 2012 — now under the sponsorship of network giants, Orange — to send a memo to league rivals that this season is not business as usual.
Rollers has responded in controversial fashion, firing coach Hassan Oktay after suffering the ignominy of being knocked out by top flight football rockies, Masitiaoka. The Blues have since appointed Frenchman Romain Folz to turn the club’s pot of gold into silverware, an attempt that his predecessor, Oktay has failed early into the season. After clinching players with vast experience, the expectation is still enormous at Popa that all available cups including the league title should find space in their trophy cabinet.
Also, the club would want to traverse a torrid passage of CAF champion’s league, reaching group stages, once more. It is in this regard that Ofentse Nato is hoping for his own great leap forward in effort to end his injury nightmare. The no nonsense defensive midfielder has only featured once for the team this year owing to unspecified injuries. This is the first time, in his football carrier that Nato misses the first five opening games of the season.
His absence could have left Rollers struggling. But he too, could struggle to return to his former self, missing the opportunity to drive Rollers back to glory days, alongside the rest of a gilded trio of the club; Maano Ditshupo, Simisane Mathumo and of course Motsholetsi Sikele. But the teams’ insistency and promise to make a loud impact this season is yet to bear fruits. The quartet will have to stand strong otherwise the ambition mirrors a tomorrow that will never come.
As part of the multi-million project of Jagdish Shah, the players were recruited to embody the present and future of the club. But all of them are on the wrong side of 30. Maano is 36, Nato is 32, Mathumo is 30 while Sikele is 30. Both Ditshupo and Mathumo are exchanging the armband while Sikele has almost lost his starting berth to youngsters. Nato is also slowing down and it appears he has seen his better days.
The talent of the big four should make the case for Rollers to finally make headline impact, particularly in the league and FA cup starting in January next year. Rollers coaches agree that as a unit they could find an edge and this band of serial winners glimpse glory. The sense all could awaken for the business end is enhanced by their respective pedigrees. All the four know the pleasure of taking Rollers to glory days, they also understand the pain of failing with the club.
Ditshupo in particular, has been the most consistent player of all in Rollers squad; it betrays logic why he was never called to represent the country. In the first five games of the season, Rollers have been nothing but a luke warm club. They have emitted mixed reactions. They started well, clobbering Lobatse Outfit, Extension Gunners by 2-0. Against premier league rookies, Masitaoka, they huffed and puffed, but the absence of midfielder Ditshupo was conspicuously seen as they were knocked out of the tournament.
However, the quartet returned to the lineup for the first time as a unit against Notwane in a midweek fixture. Rollers were not convincing despite winning 1-0 to return to the summit. Judging by their performance and age, the quartert might not play Rollers ball again next season as premier league retirement looms.