Former BFA employee, Tshepo Sedimo claims a stake in FNBB sponsorship

Botswana Football Association (BFA) have been dragged before the court of laws to provide answers concerning a reported violation of agreed terms on commissions against their former Head of Marketing, Tshepo Sedimo, BG Sport has gathered.

Sedimo joined the BFA on the 30th June 2023 but resigned from his position four (4) months later, 31 October 2023 and reasons for his departure have not been established yet.

This publication has been informed that in appointing him back in June, a five percent commission was agreed and included in one of the clauses in the contract.

Close sources to the developments have shared that Sedimo was the linchpin to land the senior women national team, The Mares, FNB Botswana sponsorship deal.

Reports suggests that he drafted the proposals, made presentations to the bank’s executive members and a deal was announced earlier this year, amounting to P13, 5 million over a three year period.

By the time the sponsorship was announced in February 2024, Sedimo was no longer at the BFA as he had left his position in November 2023, the association however did not accord him his alleged dues as per the contract.

It is against this background that the former Head of Marketing at Lekidi office has challenged the BFA’s decision to ignore and or deny him what he believes to be his dues.

According to sources within the BFA corridors, the local football governing mother-body were engaged by their former employee through his representatives Mavungama Law Office but their claim was declined.

BG Sport has in possession a letter from Akoonyatse Law Firm, representatives of BFA in the said matter, in which they stated a denial of the association liability to any amounts owed to the plaintiff.

Other submissions cited on the letter are that Sedimo tendered his resignation on 31st October 2023 while his tenure was to run until 9th November 2023.

“That sponsorship came about through the initiative of the BFA President Maclean Letshwiti. The deal was sealed on the 23rd of January 2024, between Mr Letshwiti and his team on the one side and the Chief Executive Officer of First National Bank Botswana and his team on the other. Before your client [Tshepo Sedimo] left BFA on 31 October 2023, he had never pitched any sponsorship proposal for the Mares to First National Bank Botswana.

Your client [Tshepo Sedimo] played no part in the procurement of the P4, 5000, 000.00 sponsorship deal from FNBB, and indeed there was no such deal between BFA and FNBB, either as at 31 October 2023 or even as at 09 November 2023,” part of the letter from the BFA’s representatives reads.

Representatives of the plaintiff have since filed a case (case no. CVHGB-000499-24) before Gaborone High Court and Judge Zein Kebonang is expected to preside over the matter and a date for the hearing will be provided.