BVF boss challenges critics

Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF) president Sesupo Mosweu has challenged his critics to come up with concrete reasons why he should not seek another term in office. The BVF boss was responding to calls that he should step down because he has failed the sport. It is said that sponsors have abandoned the sport in the Mosweu-era though he has denied the accusation.

The volleyball boss does not understand why he is blamed for the termination of sponsorships when securing sponsors does not fall under his portfolio. He said sponsorships fall under BVF vice president in charge of administration. He challenged those using the sponsorship issue against him to come up with a better weapon. He cautioned people against complaining about things that they do not understand. He dismissed allegations that there is a communication gap between the executive and the clubs. "I have long suggested the setting up of a managers' committee as a communication medium between us, but they (clubs) turned that down," he explained. Mosweu decried the fact that he came to office at a time when there is a sponsorship shift. "In the past, sponsors were giving money without expecting anything back. Now that they understand the concept of sponsorship, they want mileage. Unfortunately this came with perceptions that only certain sports can give better mileage."  He added that they lost the Top One Mageu sponsorship because the company that was backing the event embarked on cost-cutting measures. He explained that the BVF lost the Mascom sponsorship after the departure of the company's chief executive officer Anthony Ferreira.
Mosweu believes he has done everything in his power to serve volleyball. "If companies do not want to sponsor us, what can we do," he said. He explained that BVF transferred the JB Sports sponsorship from the men's league to the women's league because the federation was expecting another sponsor to come in with more money. "We were expecting a better sponsorship for men from somewhere. So that is why we decided to transfer JB to women," he said. He explained that their decision was based on the fact that the JB sponsorship was small, hence it could suit the women's competition which has fewer clubs.
The ever-radical Mosweu is still confident that he has something to offer volleyball. "I still have interest in continuing but if they feel I am not delivering, they should bring in a better person." Mosweu said he does not only add value to volleyball but sports in general. He said the only thing that lets him down is his committee. "It is unfortunate that I am the face of volleyball. That is why I will be blamed for something that is not in my area," he said.

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