Renowned businessman Maclean Letshwiti piped Tebogo Sebego to retain the Botswana Football Association (BFA) after a re-run on Saturday.
A re-run was needed to separate them during the highly contested National Executive Committee (NEC) elections.
For the first time in the history of BFA elections, the incumbent managed to defend his presidential title to serve two successive terms.
In the first round of the vote, Letshwiti slightly edged off Sebego, gaining 32 votes to Sebego’s 28. The narrow win was however not enough to give the incumbent an outright victory.
According to the BFA electoral code, a presidential candidate needs to win 70% of the vote or 43 of the 60 votes in the first round to be declared an outright winner. In the re-run Letshwiti ‘stole’ one vote from Sebego to increase his votes tally to 33 against Sebego’s 27, giving him just enough votes to defend his seat. As it stands in a re-run, a presidential candidate has to get more than 50% of the vote to win.
In his acceptance speech, Letshwiti pledged to turn football into “a viable venture for club owners, players, officials, fans and the people of Botswana”.
“I am consciously aware that a lot remains to be done to develop football in Botswana and place the country among the top footballing countries in the continent…I will work hard to make sure BFA strategic objectives, plans, programmes are effectively implemented. We will leave no stone unturned in our endeavour to raise the standard of football in the country from grassroots to elite, at club and national team level for boys and girls, as well as men and women,” he told delegates.
BFA first vice president, Pelotshweu Motlogelwa also retained his position after beating Maokaneng Bontshetse by a single vote. He garnered 29 votes to Bontshetse’s 28, while Ngele managed a paltry 2 votes.
In the second vice President race, Masego Nchingane beat Senki Sesinyi by three votes to retain his position in the BFA NEC.
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By Mthokozisi Dube