The newly elected chairman of Nhabe Regional Football Association (NRFA), Norman Sebele has pledged to restore the dignity of Nhabe football by bringing better results in the league.
Sebele, former Vice chairman for NRFA, emerged victorious recently, beating former chairman Kgatlo Motai by 14 to 9 votes. This ended Motai’s 12 years reign at the helm of the region.
Ephrain Kgware maintained the position of Vice chairman by defeating Moses Kemofilwe with 27 votes to 2 votes. Other members of the new committee are Malebogo Bojosi (Treasurer), Moreotsile Juta (Secretary) and additional members – Matshelo Setsile, Kelebogile Shasoze and Oaitse Madzunga. They will hold office for two years.
Sebele promised to restore the dignity of Nhabe football, saying he was a results-oriented person and therefore urged his committee to work hard. He said his main priority is to improve women football in the region.
He said there are already existing teams in the league as he will be work to resurrect their structures. He also wants to grow the Nhabe football so that it can include teams from Gweta to Gudigwa. “I want the teams from all these places to compete in the region football,” he said.
Sebele said the new committee will secure a sponsorship for the region as it has been a thorny issue. The new chair believes that potential sponsorship can be secured from companies in the tourism sector.
“People in Orapa are benefiting from diamond companies in their region; we must also do the same here,” he said, adding that the sponsorship will assist in the youth and women leagues which are struggling financially.
Sebele said they need stakeholders such as Dikgosi, District Commissioner, Council chairman and Secretary and schools to work together to improve Nhabe football.
The former chairman, Motai said the region performed badly because of bad management by those who were tasked to lead in matters of administration. Motai said the league could not be administered accordingly because those who were tasked with the responsibility did not work together. “The committee collapsed before it could complete its mandate and most of the issues were never attended,” he said.