:The Touchline: Continuation of Maladministration

posted by Simisani Chilisa

03-05-13



The amounts are extraordinary when you look at the tens of millions they paid out to themselves and think that's more than the budget the Botswana Football Association receive from Botswana National Sports Council

Greetings and welcome,'The Touchline' is a blog that will give you in an depth analysis on various sporting codes mainly locally but with examples and comparisons internationally. Throughout the next few weeks I will shed light in some high profile issues in our country surrounding sport with the hope of trying to. Join me as I give you an in-depth analysis from 'The Touchline'.

The visit of FIFA president Sepp Blatter to the motherland a couple of months ago has faded into oblivion and the question remains whether visits from the highest office of football will do much to curb the current crisis of lack of funds and sponsors and bring to light those that serve no purpose sitting behind their mahogany tables.

Does the Chief Executive Office(CEO) of Botswana Football Association (BFA) deserve a salary of P120 000. The BFA and RP productions were embroiled in long battle over television money that left support and players in limbo and yet P120 000 is paid to an executive post to try and make football in our country a more reputable and attractive commodity, Keith Masters has arrived from Kent Football Club in England where he has worked as in administrative for over 30 years and is perhaps ideal to be place in the lucrative. Granted however that other footballing associations in other counties may be worse with top executives known for plundering into reserves of their budget. A classic example is the money in which the South African Football Association (SAFA) members paid themselves after a successful 2010 World Cup Bid. The amounts are extraordinary when you look at the tens of millions they paid out to themselves and think that's more than the budget the Botswana Football Association receive from Botswana National Sports Council. The former Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola had to leave his post after investigations revealed some of his unruly and more underhand financial actions. You might not be aware of such figures but want you ought to highlight is the repeated nature of the abuse of power.

It raises the question do the members of most sporting administration have degrees in the necessary fields to be CEO's or even degrees that are relevant to their title. Do we not have amongst our ranks a qualified administration candidate? After all many circles sporting to repeat themselves, David Fani has served as president twice, his administration had members who had been involved in football for a long time as well with experience in other organisations.

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