It doesn’t rain but pours at Botswana Boxing Association. Highly placed sources at the association have disclosed this week that the outspoken DTCB boxing club coach and axed boxing national head coach Thebe Setlalekgosi has been slapped with two letters barring him from speaking to the media, by the Associations president Dr Thato Patlakwe.
The gagging of the three star accomplished coach, commanding over 22 years of experience in the sport comes in the wake of his exclusion from the coaches commission despite his position as national team head coach by BoBA’s national executive committee and eventual departure from sporting national service.
Perplexed affiliates at the association’s Annual General Meeting held on Saturday questioned how Pearl Morake; a boxer with half a decade experience in the sport could be roped into the coaches commission and tasked with selecting boxers for international competitions, a development smacking of conflict of interest.
The unrelenting and seemingly militant DTCB assistant coach Orapeleng Mosalakgotla lampooned the boxing NEC for failure to notifying the clubs in the selection of coaches’ commission panellists, schooling the evasive BoBA president Dr Thato Patlakwe in the sections and subsections of the association’s constitution.
Dr Patlakwe told WeekendSport that the coaches’ commission members “are chosen looking at their individual capabilities, disciplines involved in as well as their educational backgrounds”.
Patlakwe went on to explain that Morake was offered a position to be part of both the women’s commission and coaches commission as a star one rated aspiring coach, as a show of women empowerment which she turned down.
DTCB’s Setlalekgosi declined to comment.
A highly placed source at the association however labelled this embarrassing AGM spectacle as part of the ongoing power struggles, saying, “There is an element of unilateral decision making by Patlakwe.”
Athletics is one of the sporting activities that for many years has been consistently performing extremely well in international competitions. One of the reasons is the availability of qualified and experienced coaches, who have been working tirelessly on the ground to ensure that they scout talent and develop more athletes.
For the first time after eons, football clubs plying their trade in the elite league are walking in the shadow of the undefined with nothing concrete agreed and on sight before the commencement of the football season.