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BPL CEO Post under scrutiny

Botswana Premiership League Chief Executive Officer Bennett Mamelodi

A task force committee has been appointed to scrutinise the contract of Botswana Premiership League Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bennett Mamelodi, and indications are that the post might for the first time ever be advertised, with an option to allow the incumbent CEO to renew.


Highly placed sources have told WeekendSport that the contract alone might be amended to align it with current procedures so as to meet the ever growing demands of football business.  The move, that according to reports was adopted at the previous premier league assembly as an attempt to professionalise the game continues to gather momentum.


It is indicated that so many important clauses have to be added for it look binding, and above everything, come with specific deliverables and requirements. It is noted that the premier league restructured without further consultation in 2012 when they took a decision to recruit a CEO. Since time immemorial, the league had been without the post and only a general manager position was accepted as the head of the secretariat.


Sources say Bennett Mamelodi‘s contract does not expire until the end of November this year. The first ever CEO of the league, upon completion of the bittersweet 2014-15 season, shocked the premier league board with a resignation letter citing ‘lack of support’ as the catalyst to his untimely resignation.


The task force committee which is reported to have already met with Mamelodi is expected to make a recommendation on whether to advertise the post or to let Mamelodi renew his contract. Should the committee take the advertisement channel, Mamelodi is at liberty to apply, reports say.


“We are eagerly awaiting the recommendations from the task force committee, anything from them will be implemented, that one I can assure,” a source disclosed.


Although not proudly maintained, the impending recommendations are not expected to harm the ’flourishing relations’ between the premiership and their bonafide partners particularly the title sponsors, Botswana Telecommunications (BTC).  


The intention, after the dust settles is to allow Mamelodi to continue as the captain of the premier league as he has proved his mettle, and able to stay in control even over stormy waters. It is argued that the strategy erected with the help of his hands should run while he is still in office.


When reached for comment, the former co-owner of Pula Sports marketing said he is here to market the league, whatever the decision that the board will take, he will gladly accept. “My intention is to continue to market football the best way I can, whatever the decision of the board-guided by the task committee‘s recommendations, it does not seriously concern me,” Mamelodi said. He could not be drawn into discussing the contents of his current contract and as to whether it had specifications or not.


Mamelodi was head hunted in 2012 by the leadership of Mike Molefhe. He was primarily brought in to lure more sponsors into the league, as his football language was deemed ‘too convincing to ignore’. However, his ascendency to this post ruffled a few feathers. 

The board did not agree in unison regarding his coming, some saying at least the post be advertised to avoid cases that the former sports consultant was being favoured. He was later to encounter opposition of many kinds when he tried to negotiate with the world class television in Super Sport Channel to beam Botswana games.

The move equally divided the football spectrum; some expressing contentment that the channel would market local players while others felt that the state owned television (Btv) should be given first priority as has always been the case.


However, a lot is expected from him particularly that he is expected to work hand in hand with one of the brilliant sports administrators Kitso Kemoeng. The latter has been appointed as the new CEO of Botswana Football Association (BFA).

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