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BFA brotherhood falls apart

There is paranoia thick in air at the Lekidi Football Centre to the extent that Ashford Mamelodi might lose his full-paying job owing to a sudden fallout with Botswana Football Association (BFA) President Maclean Letshwiti.

What this publication could gather is a picture of the association’s brotherhood falling drastically apart. This comes to the fore following reports that Mamelodi is accused by the BFA President for sleeping with the enemy. Information reaching this publication is that Mamelodi, who runs and administers BFA’s time for change project under the watchful eye of FIFA, was seen and photographed in the company of fallen Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone Taylor.

It is said the football leadership is seriously concerned by the development, accusing Mamelodi for back biting.  Taylor is suddenly an unwanted woman at Lekidi Football Centre and she is walking through BFA storm for allegedly misappropriating funds. It is said Letshwiti in particular, is questioning why Mamelodi will be in the midst of people who are in bad books with the association.

When approached with these damning allegations, Mamelodi expressed shock. He is of the view that he is not aware of that the president is angry at him. He said, as a football administrator, he meet with whomever for as long as it is in the interest of football. “I am not even aware that the president is angry that I met with Taylor, I am hearing it for the first time from you. As far as I am concerned, I enjoy a health relationship with the president, no one, not even the president has told me otherwise,” he said.

It is not for the first time that Mamelodi is trailed by the association. He was once trailed by Letshwiti administration for allegedly canvassing support for the opposition.  At one point, Mamelodi was said to be eyeing BFA presidency, but was sweet talked to pull back and only to be offered a job to administer within BFA regions.

However, his alleged entry into the race was expected to remove the threat of virtual coronation for the current president, Mac Lean Letshwiti who himself swept, Tebogo Sebego two years ago after an earnest and explosive strategy. The platform afforded by a tilt at the BFA NEC might be used to help the president’s cause or it could backfire if cadres who seem to be annoyed by the current situation choose to back or campaign against Letshwiti.

It is further said that should Letshwiti continue to purge some football administrators, it will hurt the togetherness of his regime.  Those close to Sebego say although he has lost again in 2020, he still have supporters who can endorse his work. They say he views it as a challenge to change the status quo and convince people to support and follow him. Supporters say Sebego believes there is nothing wrong at the association except that people tend to serve their interests than that of football.  Efforts to reach Letshwiti were fruitless as of going to print. He is on away CAF trip where he will be attending the final of the AFCON tournament.


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