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Bontshetse, Letshwiti clash rages on

The rapport of erstwhile friends; Botswana Football Association (BFA) Maclean Letshwiti and Vice President aspirant, Maokaneng Bontshetse, has underwent a major strain, with the latter contesting election under the banner of a rivalry camp.

The duo were on good terms before the turn of the year, their relationship is currently deteriorating as the BFA elective congress gains momentum.

This week, Letshwitis administration slapped Bontshetse with a letter to explain and show of cause why the association cannot take stern action against him after he was seen to be using a FRAFA branded vehicle for personal gain.Maokaneng is the outgoing Chairman of Francistown Regional Football Association (FRAFA) and is also a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC).

It is believed that Bontshetse used the car to canvass for support across BFA regions namely, Gaborone, Gantsi and Tsabong.Bontshetse was given 24 hours to respond to the letter. Remarkably, Max, as he is affectionately called, responded this week, seeking clarity on certain issues which many pundits say might jeopardize his chances of survival.

In his response, Bontshetse came with guns blazing as he asked Letshwiti whether he wrote the letter in his personal capacity as a complaint or on behalf of the Emergency Committee (EC) that is tasked with running the Association.Bontshetse was implying that the term of the current NEC has elapsed therefore any complain should be handled by the EC.

According to reports, the two had a fall-out after Letshwiti snubbed Bontshetse in his team and instead elevated Masego Nchingane.Letshwiti was quoted in the media referring to Bontshetse as power hungry while the latter rubbished the claims against him, saying that he no longer believes in Letshwitis leadership.

The two have openly declared war on each other and only elections will determine who will emerge victorious. “It will be history if I am to be suspended or any action could be taken against me. I have been part of the BFA for over 25 years now, so I am not shaken by these letters. Remember this is not their first attempt to get to me.

I mean he and his team have been using the Amarok just over the weekend campaigning at the University of Botswana. So I have responded to his letter and I am waiting for his reply,” said Bontshetse.

The ball is now in BFAs court to either take Bontshetse on or chicken out.

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