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BNSC wants to fix BFA

Botswana Football Association (BFA) is faced with possible investigation from their overseer, Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC). This follows reports of mal-administration and unaccounted funds.

Information reaching this publication paints a sombre face of the BNSC officials, and of course a BFA house on the brink of massive collapse. It is reported that the Sports Council is not entirely pleased with the way the home of football is conducting its proceedings. Those who are close to developments explain that the BNSC is very much irked by the endless suspensions and expulsions of BFA members, with unaccounted funds at the centre of the conflicts.

To quickly lay down a tool of pro-action, the BNSC is reported to have considered dissolving the entire association’s National Executive Committee (NEC) so as to closely monitor the situation. According to informants, the Sports Council will temporarily appoint a body that will act on behalf the association while the probing continues.

The BFA NEC comprises of the president, his two vice presidents – technical and administrative wing. There is also a Chief Executive Officer, legal adviser, representatives of regions, premier league chairman and some additional members.

However, the thoughts and ideas of the BNSC are said to be on the verge of attracting a backlash, predominantly from the world football governing body, FIFA. “There are fears which might cloud the intention of the BNSC because, as you know, FIFA does not tolerate government interference in matters of football,” a source disclosed.

Such an idea is therefore treated carefully because FIFA’s eyes of scrutiny with regards to constituency tournaments are still very much on the government of Botswana.

Deeming the issue of finances vital in all respects, the relationship between the Sports Council and BFA has reached its all-time low. Although the Council might be headed for the cross roads because of these interference threats, it is now common knowledge that trust between the two parties has, over the years, weakened rather drastically and that the BNSC wants something to be done.

None of the officials from the two camps is willing to discuss the issue and the BNSC’s acting CEO, Thato Kgosimore said he could not comment because he is currently out of the country.

All the while, many others speaking to this publication seem to counter attack the claim of interference, arguing that the matter is not purely administrative, but rather the Council is seen to be looking for a transparent route of doing things. This is the case because the BFA’s progress or regress is in one way or the other resting upon the BNSC as the chief financer of all its annual activities.

The newly appointed Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Thapelo Olopeng could not be engaged on the matter. His private secretary said he could not field questionnaires because he is on leave. Indications are that the new Minister is eager to put his foot on the ground to root out all black sheep associated with all sporting codes.

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