FIFA funds fraud at BFA

SHARE   |   Monday, 26 February 2018   |   By Staff Writer
FIFA funds fraud at BFA

Botswana Football Association (BFA) CEO Mfolo Mfolo this week rebuked strongly the acts of maladministration at his association. Mfolo confirmed that BFA is currently conducting a financial investigation following suspected cases of fraud, misappropriation and theft of the association’s funds. Reports are that two of the association’s employees have already been suspended in connection with the embezzlement of funds amounting to hundred thousands of Pula between January 2017 and January 2018. There are however fears that the embezzlement could have long been going on. The association has since instigated investigations on the matter and police have also been roped in to help with the investigations. In a statement Mfolo confirmed the suspension of the employees that are suspected to be involved in the investigations. He hastened to distance the current BFA administration from corrupt acts. “The current administration of the association has absolutely no room and no tolerance for corrupt practices or individuals, who are enemies of progress of our local football,” read the press release.  
When he took over office the President of BFA Maclean Letshwiti had sworn to deal away with maladministration, which the association has always been associated with in the past. Letshwiti vowed to bring to BFA good corporate governance that will help the association to grow. The investigation by the association is said to be meant to determine how far the damage could have gone. More heads may soon start rolling at BFA if investigations can reveal more people involved with the scandal. BFA CEO declared that “the association will suspend and expel anyone found to be suspected or guilty of maladministration”. It is suspected that the suspended employees had been diverting the association’s funds to their personal accounts. This has left the BFA which has always been struggling with shortage of funds hard hit. Mfolo also revealed that this scandal might affect the envisaged FA Cup which was supposed to be brought back next season. The FA Cup was initially scheduled to start this season but unforeseen circumstances pushed it further another season. Mfolo said since BFA has always had funds problems the current scandal might affect negatively on the planned start of the FA Cup.



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