… And his assistant
The Botswana Football Association (BFA) has suspended its technical director Benny Kgomela and his co-worker, senior technical officer Phillimon Makwengwe.
It is not yet clear why the two have been suspended as efforts to get official comment from BFA officials failed. The association’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kitso Kemoeng was not available while BFA president Tebogo Sebego’s phone could not be reached. However, unconfirmed reports say the two have been suspended because of a rift in their working relations. It is reported that Kgomela and Makwengwe’s working relations were at their lowest and threatening the smooth operations of the organisation.
Makwengwe did not want to be persuaded into discussing the matter. He could only confirm his suspension and nothing more. It is not the first time that Kgomela has been suspended. The technical director was suspended in 2014 but later reinstated after he was acquitted of the charges. Bad blood is not a new thing between officers at BFA as it has been reported in the past. Kgomela in particular has had a number of issues of where he was accused of not having good relations with the others. He once has a tussle with Zebras coach Peter Butler, his assistant Keitumetse Paul as well as Keith Masters, the former CEO. Working relations between Kgomela and Makwengwe have also been visibly not at its best. From time to time the two openly differed with each and often took the tussle to the media.
Recently a coaching course was cancelled without participants being notified in advance. Makwengwe came out on record in the media denying knowledge of the cancellation of the course even though he was the one who organised it. He pointed out that it was cancelled by the technical director at last minute without consulting him. According to sources, it is this kind of relationship that led to the suspension of the two. “It is seen as a stumbling block to the smooth running of the association. It is also taken to be disrupting BFA operations,” said the source.
When accepting the CEO post, Kemoeng promised to turn around the association and make it a profitable and reputable organisation. It remains to be seen how the CEO, who is hardly two months in office, will deal with the matter.