Hate, egos hold football hostage

Loaded tankers are fast rolling towards football’s capital, Lekidi Football Centre where a coup de tat is brewing. Thus far, the efforts have been rebuffed, but expect the story to develop further in the coming days.

The plotters of the coup argue, they want to rescue a game that has been held captive by the current administration domiciled at the Botswana Football League (BFL). The push is gaining ground, but the leadership has been holding firm as it fights back to prevent football's night of the long knives.

The situation has reduced football to a hapless hostage. At the centre of the unfolding situation is hate and personal egos more than a genuine effort to drive the game forward. While the push to remove the BFL chairperson, Nicholas Zakhem and Jagdish Shah is partly premised on a decision to reduce Premier League clubs from 16 to 12, the plot is much bigger. It could be a prelude of much bigger and uglier fights that lie ahead. The Botswana Football Association (BFA) elections loom in the horizon, which has upped the stakes.

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