The Phil: BFA’s loss

SHARE   |   Monday, 14 November 2016   |   By Staff Writer
The Phil: BFA’s loss

Phillimon Makwengwe’s departure from Botswana Football Association (BFA) is seen as a great loss to the association. Makwengwe, who has been at BFA technical office for the past 17 years, will be leaving the association at the end of this month. Sports analysts say his departure could be a big blow to BFA’s football development as he has been at helm of developing both players and coaches. Makwengwe has been labelled a committed, hard working individual who knows what he was doing. Analyst Mmoni Segopolo said though BFA would have lost from Makwengwe’s departure, this will not be a complete loss for football at large. Segopolo said Makwengwe will certainly not be lost to football because he his love for the sport. “Makwengwe eats and lives football. Only BFA has lost but his departure may now mean that his operations in football will now be expanded and not only confined like it has been under BFA,” he explained. According to Segopolo, while at BFA Makwengwe did not have the liberty to do some things that could have helped to further improve football while under the association. BFA spokesperson Tumo Mpatane confirmed that Makwengwe who is currently serving notice will be leaving the association. The usually the soft-spoken man could not shed any light on his resignation. Like usual he said he is not permitted to speak to the media as long as he is contracted to BFA. “I am not allowed to talk to the media,” is all that he could say. One would say Makwengwe’s departure has always been inevitable looking at the rocky stay he had at the association in recent years. His reported rivalry with the BFA Technical Director Benny Kgomela is alleged to have worsened things. In recent years Makwengwe suffered suspension, dismissal and re-instatement before he decided to quit. Despite the challenges at the BFA ‘The Phil’ as Makwengwe is commonly known among football administrators has remained calm and performed his duties diligently.



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