The Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture Thapelo Olopeng has not taken lightly to the unfolding chaos at Botswana Premier League (BPL). Following allegations of mismanagement at BPL the league’s Chairperson and his Vice were recalled with the Chief Executive Officer and his Personal Assistant suspended. To show his seriousness Olopeng has since convened a meeting with the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) and the Executive Committee of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) to establish what the issues are. It is reported that the minister wants to get to the bottom of the matter and intervene. The minister’s move has brought concern to some local sport lovers who fear that his intervention could put BFA in the wrong end of the world football governing body FIFA. FIFA is very clear that it does not want government interference in football. Any country that is found to be interfering in football matters is normally suspended from all FIFA activities.
Olopeng, however, was reported saying he could not just seat down when things are not going well. Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) chairperson Solly Reikeletseng said it is imperative that government be informed particularly that she plays an important role providing financial resources and creating an enabling environment for sport development to thrive. “The role of government in sport development cannot thus be ignored. This, therefore, suggests that there should be a close working relationship between the Government and the National Sport Associations of course in liaison with the Botswana National Sport Commission,” said Reikeletseng. He believes that a solution to the current challenges bedevilling football will be found sooner than later. The BFA NEC was to meet yesterday (Wednesday) to discuss the matter and map the way forward. Reikeletseng said in a press statement that BFA will then brief the commission on the outcome of the deliberations soon after the meeting. “The outcome of the investigations will form a basis on which to make improvements going forward,” said Reikeletseng.