The unexpected suspension of Botswana Football Association (BFA) technical director Benny Kgomela and his subordinate Philemon Makhwengwe had nothing to do with leaking the association‘s information to the media- as a BFA press release suggested.
Information turned up by WeekendSport rather paints a picture of BFA characters within the technical arm as battling militancy and egoism. It has surfaced that the raging flames started and ended with Makhwengwe who has been serving the association as a technical officer for more than 10 years.
Reports gleaned from various highly placed sources at the Lekidi football centre further reveal that, it got murkier for the officer when he contacted the Confederation of African Football (CAF) offices thorough an email complaining and questioning the appointment and qualification of Kgomela-who is his line supervisor.
It is said that Makhwengwe has behind the walls of silence claimed Kgomela is ‘clueless and knows nothing about football’. Upon reception of Makhwengwe‘s email, CAF immediately contacted BFA through its President Tebogo Sebego to assist them regarding Makhwengwe‘s complaints.
It turns out that the President out rightly refused to furnish CAF with Kgomela ‘s credentials but rather instructed the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer(CEO) Kitso Kemoeng to quickly slap both Kgomela and Makhwengwe with suspensions.
The duo is expected to come to appear before a hearing next Friday, but informants speaking with this publication believe Makhwengwe’s dismissal letter has already been signed and stamped.
However, deep lying information shared with WeekendSport suggests that a conspiracy to oust Makhwengwe was always in the works, and the arrival of Stephen Phetlhe to head the technical wing of the association was a recipe in fast tracking the move.
“Poor old Philemon’s days were numbered immediately when Steven Phetlhe was appointed Vice President Technical. There is a long history between them,” a source said.
Phetlhe was a candidate on a course under Makhwengwe's tutelage some time ago. Makhwengwe as the technical and education officer failed him as not being up to the required standard. Phetlhe, on his appointment, let it be known to some NEC members that Phil was 'on his sights' and that he was going to ensure he was fired.
Whistle blowers felt that Phetlhe’s assertions were an abuse of his position. “Makhwengwe is a good coach and educator. He has achieved more than Phetlhe will ever know,” one of his sympathiser said.
All the while, it has been claimed more than once that Kgomela’s credentials are nothing but certificates of attendance. The alleged refusal of the president to furnish CAF with Kgomela‘s qualifications might either be a scam waiting to taint association’s credibility or a careful assessment of the situation to turn a corner. Kgomela could not be reached for comment as he is barred from talking with the media.
Neutral observers however maintain that it will be a great loss to Botswana football if Makhwengwe is dismissed because of Phetlhe’s vindictiveness. On the other hand, they feel that it would be detrimental to Botswana football if Kgomela is not dismissed.
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