Gaborone — Botswana Football Association (BFA) presidential hopefuls Ookeditse Malesu and Tebogo Sebego have hailed BFA Appeals Committee for displaying professionalism and maturity in dealing with their appeals.
Their sentiments follow the decision by the BFA appeals Committee to overturn the electoral board's decision of disqualifying the duo in the run for the BFA presidential position in the National Executive Committee (NEC) elections scheduled for Francistown.
Malesu and Sebego were given an opportunity to appeal after they were vetted out following publication of nominees list for 2020 NEC.
The decision had left Maclean Letshwiti as the only presidential candidate.
Malesu, Sebego and Letshwiti will now all run for the BFA top position.
In his victory statement, Malesu said the Botswana football was blessed to have alternatives that were far much better than the current administration.
"I want the football die hards to understand that leadership is not for everyone and it is not easy to get genuine leaders in this era," he said.
Meanwhile, Sebego indicated that the decision confirmed that there was still hope in a journey to restore the credibility of football. He highlighted that their vision was to restore, transform and grow Botswana football, expressing confidence that in collaboration with football lovers, they would realise the dream.
Sebego further applauded the appeals committee for good ethics.
"This is indeed a great day for Botswana football," he added
BFA president, Maclean Letshwiti expressed appreciation of the decisions of the electoral and appeals committees.
"We wish to state that we respect the final decision of the appeals committee to reinstate the two in the race," he said.
He expressed the belief that the contrasting decisions of the two committees go a long way in demonstrating the importance of the separation of powers in the organisation.
He added that everyone must discharge their mandate without fear or favour.