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Mamelodi ambushes BPL

Botswana Premier League (BPL) CEO, Bennet Mamelodi

A carefully orchestrated plan by the Botswana Premier League (BPL) to summon CEO, Bennet Mamelodi for a disciplinary hearing and eventually fire him, has been soiled after the CEO unexpectedly slapped the board with a lawsuit for unfair and a biased disciplinary hearing.  

WeekendSport is reliably informed that the board helmed by Rapula Okaile as the Chairperson, hatched a plan to get rid of the CEO during a Thursday meeting. This was to be accomplished by slapping Mamelodi with a charge sheet detailing a number of transgressions he committed which the board is not willing to forgive him for. However, sources say the hearing was to be conducted by an independent body which will then forward the recommendations to the board.  It is said, Mamelodi was aware of the sketch and read the puzzle well and put up defence ahead of the seemingly bloody fight he was walking into.

This saw the board members turning their tails in ‘humiliation’ on Thursday with their dreams shattered. Insiders told this publication that despite Mamelodi dodging the bullet, the board is unfazed as they are banking on the precedent cases. “Former BPL general manager (Setete Phuthego) has in the past faced a similar wrath but again tried to avoid it in a comparable fashion but he never succeeded, even in this case, the CEO is aesthetically buying more time,” a source said on Thursday evening.

It is argued that just like with Phuthego’s case, Mamelodi’s chance of ‘getting away with murder’ is as best as slim. “He could have honored the disciplinary meeting then complained later, rather than countering with a letter that he is facing an unfair hearing, how did he arrive at that because the hearing was to be carried out by an independent party,” advised another source. The case which has been put under urgent application will be heard on Tuesday.

Among the misdemeanor awaiting the CEO are the swelling reports of fraud, unaccountability and favoritism which engulfed the office under his management.

Besides, the former sports consultant is to account for the grants that according to procedure should have been directed to teams every four months but were never transferred.

The board is further incensed by the fact that some premier league teams received grants in cash from Mamelodi’s office while some did not. Both Motlakase Power Dynamos and Miscellaneous were reportedly borrowed money from Township Rollers business mogul Jagdish Shah with Mamelodi acting as middleman, an undertaking that has caused ruckus in the local football.

Further narrowing the path for the CEO are reports that the league is operating with a suicidal budget where loans are sourced from faceless benefactors to cover up the ordeal.

The BPL is reported to be treading in a deficit of P6 million. The DCEC invaded Lekidi and confiscate storage materials that were to show the remnants of paper trail for the cash flow at the premier league office, earlier this year.

Meanwhile, sources have said that although the hearing is expected to be held on Tuesday, Mamelodi’s dismissal letter has already been signed and stamped, awaiting delivery.

“It is only a matter of days before he receives it, and he has smelled something that is why he is dilly dallying,” a source close to the boardroom developments told this paper.

The BFA president Tebogo Sebego, who is currently out on FIFA and CAF missions, is however not willing to meddle in the cats’ dust. According to reports this is because of the toxic atmosphere at Lekidi as his advisors don’t want him to appear as if taking sides which could cost him dearly in the upcoming elections.

Efforts to get comment from both parties before press time did not bear fruit as their mobile numbers rang unanswered on Friday morning. 

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