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FIFA calms Sebego, Malesu fears

FIFA-the world football governing body- has allayed fears expressed by the two Botswana Football Association (BFA) presidential hopefuls, Tebogo Sebego and Ookeditse Malesu.

The two had written to FIFA complaining about the current Botswana Football Association (BFA) President, Maclean Letshwiti, accusing him of clinging to power under the pretext of COVID-19 difficulties. In a letter written to the pair on the 17th September 2020, which WeekendSport has seen, FIFA said since the past few months, the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the world as a whole, not sparing football affairs.

In particular, we were informed that the BFAs electoral roadmap set up based on its statutes was impacted by the national restrictions. In this respect, FIFA has showed full understanding to BFA and to all its member associations which faced such a situation namely by supporting the postponement of its elections until the national situation is more favourable to gatherings. In the same letter FIFA referred the duo to a previous letter, written to the BFA dated 28 May 2020.
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FIFA Chief Member Associations Officer, Vron Mosengo-Omba wrote, Going forward, rest assured that FIFA is currently monitoring the situation and is working closely with BFA on planning the next steps of the electoral roadmap. Mosengo-Omba concluded by suggesting to the two contestants to liaise with the BFA in order to be informed thereon.

Both Malesu and Sebego had written to FIFA, worried that BFA is playing a dirty game prior to elections and requested for intervention. In their letter the duo expressed worry that the outgoing committee is illegitimately holding positions as their mandate has long elapsed in August. They argued that the committee be discharged with immediate effect.

We are raising alarm and demanding your urgent intervention because the outgoing NEC continues to take binding decisions for the association which might not resonate with the aspirations of the incoming NEC, the duo wrote. Furthermore, both Sebego and Malesu wrote that the outgoing NEC continues to create financial obligations for the association and spend more monies and resources beyond their 4 year mandate.

Upon conclusion, the pair demanded that an independent transitional committee be appointed by FIFA to manage the affairs of the association pending proper free and fair elections. BFA is finally going to the polls today (Saturday) after the assembly was postponed twice due to risks majorly associated with the corona virus.

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Mason Greenwood attempted rape charges dropped

2nd February 2023

Charges of attempted rape and assault have been dropped against Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood who was arrested in January 2022 after the allegations emerged.

The 21-year-old was arrested in January last year amid allegations surrounding images and videos that emerged online.

He was later charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the charges were discontinued after a key witness withdrew their involvement.

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Raphael Varane announces retirement from international football after 10 years of service.

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Finally, sponsors jerk BFA

30th January 2023

With many being of the view that the state of football in Botswana has deteriorated significantly as it is no longer appealing to the business community, this was a good week for the football community. The Botswana Football Association (BFA) leadership under the stewardship of MacLean Letshwiti secured sponsorship for a combined value of P19. 3 million for the FA Cup competition and the First Division league – both South and North.

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