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Kemoeng walks the tight rope

Botswana Football Association (BFA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kitso Kemoeng


Incumbent Botswana Football Association (BFA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kitso Kemoeng is severely troubled by the never-ending internal squabbles at the divided Lekidi Football Centre..  

On the road to next Monday’s make-or-break meeting, the former Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) boss is said to be limping on as BFA CEO.

Demons within the stubborn NEC have again woken up from their deep slumber and are now threatening to burst right in front of Kemoeng’s door – barely six months in his football involvement at Lekidi Football Centre.

Reports accuse him of allegedly elevating himself above the powers of the NEC and toiling hard to please and rubber stamp what the president of the association thinks and does.

In solidifying their stand, anonymous NEC members believe K.K, as he has grown to be known in soccer circles, is a turncoat pretending to turn around the mother body’s fortunes while he actually makes matters worse.

Whether the trap of failure that usually catches BFA CEO’s has already tied the most respected football administrator of the time is now open to debate, but what remains an issue of concern is how the man’s light will shine in a darker BFA boardroom on Monday.

A consultant appointed to spearhead the association’s ambitious restructuring exercise is said to have ascended without the input of NEC. As if that were not enough, the same person has now been employed by the association as Human Resources Manager (HRM) while NEC itself is in the dark, reports claim.

Lately, a company known as Global Holding is reported to have penned a deal with the association to carry out the restructuring work in consultation with world soccer governing body, FIFA of which only the CEO is privy to the details.

Cadres of NEC continue to accuse him of ruling with an iron fist and intimidating BFA staff members. They link the sacking of former personal assistant (PA) to Keith Masters to alleged under hand moves of the current CEO.

But responding to WeekendSport enquiries, the ever confident Kemoeng addressed the issues with calmness. He laughed off the charge that he was not working in close liaison with NEC on matters of corporate governance.

“Within each and every organisation, there is a leader, and as head of the secretariat I am responsible for what the mother body should do on a day-to-day basis, I have never heard of many leaders in one institution…”

Asked about his ties with NEC, the ex-BNSC boss refused to discuss details, saying:
 “I cannot tell you how I operate with them; it’s a matter within us.”

The CEO would also not discuss other issues that some NEC members have raised saying: “You already know my stand; I have never discussed issues involving the staff with third parties, and I am not going to say anything on that again."

Kemoeng remains resolute that he is on the right track and is steering the BFA ship to calmer waters.

He is seen by his sympathisers as one of the beautiful crayon to colour the association well-drawn picture.

However, there is a maze. Unconfirmed reports say Kemoeng is still on probation until this December and his tenure at Liekidi Football Centre is hanging in the balance.

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