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BFA Press Statement on Mmegi article 29/03/2019

The BFA under the astute Presidency of Mr Maclean Letshwiti has strived to ensure it has good corporate governance in all its internal structures. The BFA endeavours to ensure we are accountable for all our decisions in perusing the growth of football in Botswana.

The President Mr Maclean Letshwiti instituted a financial and forensic audit when he began his term to fully understand the situation he had to reform. With that, we have set out a strategic plan for 2018-2020. We have, therefore, initiated the process of fully reformatting our constitution and internal regulatory codes which is currently at FIFA for ratification. Included in this constitution is club licensing, which all BPL clubs will be compelled to observe.

The growth of football in Botswana is of paramount importance for the BFA to increase the quality of the sport at all levels. While there are currently challenges facing the game in the country and Africa, the BFA is intent on tirelessly working to advance the development of the game in the country. Our commitment for football development has led us to engage European football experts who are highly qualified and experienced to assist in the youth development structures and training of our youth and women. The youth development policy of the BFA is to ensure the future generations of Batswana players can increase the level of football in the nation.

Furthermore, most employees of the BFA are young qualified football people. We also must be honest with ourselves and understand that the change in fortunes of the men and women’s national team cannot occur overnight, but only with rigorous and diligent effort on the part of the BFA and all its members. Therefore, the confidence in the national teams fortunes will be restored as we embark on a renewal process; which includes amongst others the pending appointment of the national team coach and those of the junior teams.

Football is the largest employer of sports with extensive outreach throughout the nation. Due to the broad extent of the BFA’s outreach, the association has the ability to positively affect the lives of many Batswana. The operation of the BFA will subsequently have costs associated to it. In addition to the contribution of government, with regards to the funding of the association, the BFA also receives significant funding from FIFA. Without good corporate governance and accountability, we cannot expect any of our stakeholders to feel comfortable, which is why the president, Mr Maclean Letshwiti, has made restructuring one of his top priorities.

Furthermore, the BFA President has begun to enforce that the corporates who have graciously decided to sponsor the BFA must include Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs, in line with the BFA’s directives, into all their contracts. The BFA has begun to further seek a corporate sponsor to aid with further funds to ensure that all stakeholders receive a return on investment.

President Mr Maclean Letshwiti and the BFA will carry on striving to increase the level of football in Botswana at both the senior level and football development. The president, as an astute businessman who has demonstrated capacity and capability to turn around organizations, is intent on doing the same with the BFA. He will ensure that good corporate governance and usage of funds will not only assist in football development but also change the lives of the surrounding communities. The BFA reiterates its commitment to work with the government, the private sector and we are committed to engaging with all other stakeholders locally as we are with FIFA in terms of accounting, delivery, and transparency.

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Ditlhokwe signs with SuperSport United

SuperSport United is pleased to announce the signing of Botswana international defender Thatayaone Ditlhokwe from Township Rollers on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

The 21-year-old helped the Gaborone giants to lift the Botswana Premier League in the 2018/19 season and was rewarded with a national team call up.

The Botswana international captain played an important role for his side in the 2019 COSAFA Cup in South Africa, where he helped the Zebras finish 2nd in the tournament losing to Zambia in the final.

Ditlhokwe said,” I am very happy to be here in this great team. The club has won a lot of trophies in the past and I want to be part of that winning environment and I am also looking forward to working with coach Kaitano Tembo. As a former player and current coach of the team, I think I can learn a lot from him and reward him for the faith he has put in signing me.”

Players agent Errol Dicks who confirmed that the player also had formal offers from Europe but chose to come to the PSL as his pathway of choice. Dicks said, “TT had interest from Europe, but he is young and has time on his side and as a first move out the country SuperSport is an ideal platform for him to shine in a team that is not afraid to play young players.”

The President of Township Rollers FC, Mr Jagdish Shah, “We are pleased to have added value to the career of Ditlhokwe, he has been a true role model to all his peers. We at Rollers pride ourselves in not standing in the way of our players furthering their development we take this opportunity to wish TT well in his future career.”

SuperSport CEO Stan Matthews added, “TT is a player we have tracked for some time and we feel he has a really bright future at SuperSport. We have had Botswana players here before like Dipsy Selolawane, Gabonamong, and Ngele and they all made an impact, so we are looking forward to TT helping us to win trophies and maintain a good league campaign.”

Source: SuperSport United

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