Maokaneng Bontshetse was re-elected Francistown Football Association (FRAFA) chairperson unopposed over the weekend during the regional general assembly.
His opponent, suspended former secretary Isaac Mabuta could not take part in the elections as his urgent court application is yet to be finalized. Last week, high court judge Phadi Solomon postponed the case once again to this week Thursday. Solomon did not make an order to temporarily halt the elections until Mabuta’s case was concluded. In his founding affidavit filed before court Mabuta argued that his suspension was a play to frustrate his chances of standing for elections.
“Botswana Football Association leadership and its agents have tried tirelessly to frustrate my standing in the elections and have clutched at straws several times as already demonstrated,” reads part of Mabuta’s affidavit. Mabuta wanted the court to set aside his suspension so that he could contest for the chairmanship but it seems like all is lost as the court case will be academic after the elections were held over the weekend.
Still at the regional general assembly, Fanyana Fish was elected the new vice chairperson. Fish defeated Jonas Ikgopoleng by garnering 30 votes while Ikgopoleng amassed 17 votes. Daniel Nkoketsang was elected the new secretary unopposed while Dabulani Sechele was elected treasurer unopposed. The additional members of the new committee are Johane Mfakose, Absolom Tekere and Meshack Loeto.
In his acceptance speech, Bontshetse admitted that the previous committee was embroiled in internal factional fights. “In the previous committee we had challenges that were caused by external forces. I urge the new committee to desist from engaging in politics that stifle progress in the region,” Bontshetse explained. He highlighted that he has learnt a lesson from the previous committee that he has to stamp his authority and lead the regional association diligently.
Bontshetse reiterated that all committee members who were elected will have to account for the funds to ensure that there is transparency in the region. “For the first time in the history of FRAFA, we have money in the bank account. In the past, the region was swimming in debt and I had to make a deliberate decision to cut unnecessary costs to ensure prudent use of resources,” he averred. Bontshetse pleaded with the delegates to forgive each other and work together to develop football in the region. The chairman stressed that he has been working hard trying to look for sponsorships for leagues in the region adding that so far he has secured a sponsorship for a coaching course and the course will be conducted before the beginning of the new season.