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The Botswana Football Association (BFA) presidential elections billed for August this year will likely once again pit the incumbent, Maclean Letshwiti against his longtime rival, Tebogo Sebego who is currently Botswana Football League (BFL) interim chairperson.
The two have both confirmed their interest to contest the presidency to Times Sports. Sebego lost the presidency elections to Letshwiti in 2016 and 2020 respectively.
Sebego has expressed his willingness to challenge for the seat, but indicated that it will not be easy considering the recent turn of events in the football fraternity.
He was appointed as the interim BFL chairman until the directors’ disciplinary cases are concluded, and his appointment came following the suspension of former chairperson, Nicolas Zakhem.
Sebego revealed it may not be a smooth sail to contest the presidency complaining, that Letshwiti will do everything possible to eliminate everyone who will pose a threat to his presidency ambitions. He fears that Letshwiti may suspend him before August, to ensure he does not contest the position.
According to Sebego, the recent developments to suspend the BFL is a sign that Letshwiti senses a threat to his position towards the upcoming elections, emphasising that the reason behind the suspension was orchestrated by the fact that, he is part of the BFL board.
“In all the recent suspensions happening in our football, Letshwiti is trying to find how he can suspend me. Letshwiti will suspend me or anyone who is a threat to him before August so that there will be no one to challenge him for the presidency,” stressed Sebego.
He however indicated that he is not a threat to anyone as his coming back to football is entirely for him to help revive the sport in the country.
In response, Letshwiti told Times Sports that he does not see anyone as threat but rather a competitor therefore he will not stand in anyone’s way for the presidential seat. Letshwiti expressed his willingness to work with everyone for the benefit of Botswana football, should they also have the same sentiments.
“I am here to focus on football therefore if people decide not to favour me this year to continue to lead the BFA then I will accept and support the one that will take over from me. People should understand that football is not politics therefore we cannot fight but rather work together,” he said.