Chess leadership faces revolt

Difficult moments: Segaise addressing a previous chess AGM PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Difficult moments: Segaise addressing a previous chess AGM PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

The Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) executive committee is under intense scrutiny, with affiliated clubs urging the dissolution of its leadership, claiming it no longer serves its purpose.

Although the committee's term extends to 2025, mounting pressure from affiliates is pushing for an early exit. Notably, three committee members, Moses Khutsafalo (vice president-technical), Jeremiah Dikgang (vice president-administration), and Dave Motshabi (public relations officer), have already resigned. The federation used to have one of the biggest tournaments in the region, the Botswana Open, which used to attract top-rated players from countries such as South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Botswana Open was normally held over the Independence holidays. There has been a decline in tournaments that BCF organised this year, while in addition, there is no league. Phemelo Kheto of Poisonous Snakes Chess Club blasted the committee for failing the sport. “First, they could not hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2022.

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