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BFA responds to Khama

There is a way in which we run football – Sebego hits back

The governing body of local football, Botswana Football Association has distanced themselves from President Lt. Gen. Ian Khama’s utterances in an interview with British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) regarding the mysterious resignation of Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) president Sepp Blatter.


Blatter shocked the world when he resigned just few days after his re-election amid reports that American based Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was investigating the organisation over corruption allegations and a bribery scandal involving top executives of the world soccer's governing body. It is not clear whether Blatter is involved in the corruption allegations.


Following the incident, Khama told BBC that, “it was so painful and such a pity that he decided to stand as FIFA president after a period that he'd been presiding over so much corruption in that world body.” President Khama said he was disappointed that African football federations, backed Mr Blatter as “if he was God's gift to the game.”


In response to the remarks this week BFA president Tebogo Sebego told WeekendPost in an interview that obviously not all of the African delegates voted for Blatter adding that it was a secret ballot. The BFA president however would not be drawn into discussing whether Botswana voted for or against Blatter who has ruled FIFA for 17 straight years.


“When he (Khama) expresses an opinion, we can only ‘note’ his comments. That’s the most thing that we can do, there is nothing more really we can do about it,” BFA president expressed his uneasiness. Besides, “there is a way in which we run football,” he lamented.


Reports indicate that FIFA will hold an extra-ordinary congress to elect the new leader between December 2015 and March 2016. Sebego said the FIFA corruption scandal and resignation of Blatter after such a long time, called for  proper reforms at the world body that will otherwise not have been able to be done.


According to Sebego, Blatter’s resignation was a shock to them as well, but as FIFA delegates; they will retain their ability to vote again for the next FIFA president. “We will decide,” he pointed out. When asked why few Africans contests for the powerful positions at FIFA, he said they generally lack experience and resources to campaign for top world governing body portfolios.


Ironically, Khama’s view is that “there are so many people out there who could be FIFA presidents, who could do as much or even more for the continent in terms of development,” Khama told BBC.


“We don’t have a requisite experience, we can’t lead a world body without having led the continent in my view. To contest those positions you should have a track record of leadership. FIFA campaigns need more resources to travel around the world, lodging services etc. So you have to be properly financed and/or funded,” Sebego told this publication.


The local football body BFA was founded in 1966 and affiliated to FIFA in 1978. In addition to being a FIFA affiliate, BFA is also an affiliate of Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA).

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