Letshwiti allies out-smart Sebego troops
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Challenger: Maclean Letshwiti
The pendulum is swinging in favour of new ambitious challenger, Maclean Letshwiti in the Botswana Football Association (BFA) elective congress billed for next month. Letshwiti’s foot soldiers dominated the regional leadership positions.
Out of the 16 regions in the country, the incumbent Tebogo Sebego has won only five, while playing draw with Letshwiti’s camp in the South-East region. Sebego has won Francistown Regional Football Association (FRAFA) under Maokaneng Bontshetse, the Phikwe region of Barulaganye Moloi, Kweneng of Lekgotla Raditloko, Southern under the eye of Lesego Leaketse and Central north. Besides, Mara’s camp as Sebego is known in football circles, has won the first division south following the win by Sam Keitireng and company last weekend.
The Letshwiti camp marshalled by the ever pursuant Chippa Mahloane, Marshlow Motlogelwa and Segolame Ramothwa is already on the lead, having won more delegates. In the quest to assume Lekidi football centre offices, they have snatched some of the Sebego’s strong-held areas like Tswapong of Fobby Radipotsane, and Nhabe region under Thato Motai and the whole Kgalagadi regions which Sebego dominated in 2012 when he white washed the then David Fani camp.
Chobe, Nhabe, Hukuntsi, Boteti, Central South, Kgatleng, Gaborone, Tsabong, Tswapong are all under Letshwiti’s camp. Further consolidating their stand was the fact that the camp won the women football, which reports indicate was lobbied by the spirited Senki Sesinyi who is also believed to be sympathetic to the former Mochudi Centre Chiefs investor.
The rival camps however shared spoils in the South East region as the Chairman is aligned to the incumbent president while the Secretary General is rooted to Letshwiti’s side, the same thing that happened at First division north where the committee is split into two strong equal camps.
With the grassroots phase of campaigns done and dusted, only the premiership can either save or further drown the Sebego led camp which now comprises of the experienced yet controversial Tariq Babitseng, Vice President- administration Basadi Akoonyatse and surprisingly Masego Ntshingane-who also wants a share of the pie as an additional member.
The prospects of Letshwiti assuming football leadership are further enhanced by the crisis experienced by the elite football teams. “Only five teams fall under Sebego’s camp and the remaining 11 have sworn that come what may, they will throw their weight behind Letshwiti. They blame Sebego for the crisis clouding elite football,” a source told Weekendsport.
Sources say Township Rollers, Police X1, Sankoyo Bush Bucks, Orapa United and Miscellaneous are all believed to be the rallying behind Sebego. The elections which are slated for July 30th are expected to be one of the most expensive ever following the two camps’ hiring of Public Relations agencies to handle their campaigns.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
The BFA regional elections conducted over the past weekend into this week, in essence sends a confusing message to both president elects. Numbers are however favouring the new-front runner Letswiti and on the other hand painting hardnosed Sebogo as a victim of circumstance. The mess dirtying the football and the end of the season is literally weighing heavily on his camp. Having ascended to the BFA plum post in an unforgettable victory against the then confused Fani, Sebego saw his victory as a move manufactured from above.
The results however put question to his readiness to lead for another term and curiously bring Letshwiti close to the gates of Lekidi. It is however seen as a premature victory that can either pump more energy into Sebego’s allies or let Letshwiti’s troops rest in their laurels.
At the time of going to print, the two camps had retreated to their base to chew the cud. An observer who declined being named highlighted, ‘‘consciousness, not money will play a pivotal role in ushering a new president.’’
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