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BFA take part CAF’s new reforms

The Botswana Football Association President Mr Maclean Letshwiti and the Secretary General, Mr Ookeditse Malesu, as well as National Executive Committee member (Head of Technical), Mr Masego Ntshingane on Monday returned home from the CAF Extra Ordinary Meeting and CAF Symposium that was held in Rabat, Morocco.

The CAF Extraordinary General Assembly was held in Rabbat, Morocco on the 21st July 2017.  At the meeting, CAF adoption by a large majority (50 votes for and 3 abstentions) for amendment to the organization’s statutes, a meeting of the Executive Committee was convened by CAF President Ahmad. This was in order to implement some of the new statutory provisions.

1.    Fouzi Lekjaa, a member of the CAF Executive Committee was appointed 3rd CAF Vice President. The latter, also President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, retains the post of President of the Finance Committee.

2.    The number of CAF Standing Committees has been reduced from 19 to 11.

3.     The Judicial and Compliance bodies whose presidents are to be elected by the General Assembly have been expanded with the creation of a Governance Committee.

4.    The CAF Executive Committee also appointed president and vice presidents of the Standing committees, whose members will be appointed in the near future.

5.    Organizing Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations;
President: Amaju Pinnick
Vice Presidents: Danny Jordaan
                           Philip Chiyangwa (President, Southern Zone)

6.     Organizing Committee for the African Nations Championship
President: Musa Bility
Vice Presidents: Rui Da Costa
                           Wadie Jary (President, North Zone)

7.     Organizing Committee for Inter-Club Competitions and Management of Club Licensing System
President: Tarek Bouchamaoui
Vice President: Ahmed Yahyia
                         Mutassim Gaafar (President, Central-East Zone)

8.     Organizing Committee for Youth Africa Cup of Nations (U-17, U-20, U-23)
President: Danny Jordaan
Vice President: Almamy Kabele Camara
 Edouard Ngaissona (President, Central Zone)

9.     Organizing Committee for Women’s Football
President: Isha Johanssen
Vice President: Lydia Nsekera

10.     Committee for development of Futsal and Beach Soccer
President: Moses Magogo
Vice President: Wadie Jary (President, North Zone)

11.     Referees Committee
President: Suleiman Waberi
Vice President: Lim Kee-Chong

12.     Committee on Legal Affairs and National Associations
President: Ahmed Yahyia
Vice Presidents: Augustin Senghor (President, Zone West A)
                           Hani Abo Rida

13.     Medical Committee
President: Adoum Djibrine
Vice President: Yacine Zerguini

14.     Technical and Development Committee
President: Kalusha Bwalya
Vice President: Leodegar Tenga

15.     The CAF Executive Committee also approved the CAF President’s proposal to appoint Amaju Pinnick as a member of the Emergency Committee. This follows the enlargement of this structure which is induced by the statutory reform with the creation of the post of 3rd Vice President, who also happens to be the president of the Finance Committee.

16.    Another major point of the reform of the statutes, which led to the enlargement of the CAF Executive Committee, is that African members of the FIFA Council are full members of the CAF Executive Committee, with voting rights.

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BFA President Letshwiti urges regional FAs to become more professional

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) President, MacLean Letshwiti today (Friday) officially closed the 5-day FIFA approved and funded programme dubbed Administration and Management Course for the Gaborone City Regional Football Association, held under the theme ‘Operation Time for Change’ at Tlotlo Conference Centre in Gaborone.
A welcome and refreshing undertaking, the programme, which opened on Monday, April 12th – 16th, was intended to achieve a renewal in terms of how football is managed at all levels throughout the country, facilitated by FIFA instructor and consultant, Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting.
The objectives of the programme included the empowerment of leaders, both Regional Structures and Clubs, on the management of the game; engaging participants on the importance of Stakeholder management, as well as identifying for further training prospective national course instructors in Administration and Management, with a view that once qualified, they will continue to train up and coming Administrators in the Regions on football administration.

Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consultancy

In his remarks, the BFA President said the programme has seen more than 500 participants across the country benefiting at a cost over P4 million courtesy of football’s world governing body, FIFA.
“I am delighted to see that our regions participated in this programme with large numbers, and they have also shown willingness and strong commitment to learn fittingly. For us to run professional leagues, and independent regional associations, we must equip our personnel with the right courses that enable them to be professional and act along the FIFA standards and statutes. The BFA will under my leadership be a frontrunner in improving the standards of football both administratively and in the field,” said Letshwiti.
Letshwiti noted that Botswana was one of the first countries to benefit from the FIFA Operation Time for Change project, saying this goes to show the level of commitment the local FA has for the growth of the sport.

Gaborone Regional Football Association Chairperson Tsheko

The project, which was facilitated by FIFA instructor and consultant, Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting ranged from governance, technical, sponsorship, fan base management, financial management and competitions amongst others.
“There is a lot of hope as the Gaborone region is in the capital city where the headquarters are. I am also happy that the region now has an office, and this is where all the 49 teams in the Gaborone region can go get serviced. After this weeklong engagement, the region has assured me that they will bring about the much-needed change of how they have been running their matters including sub-constitution from the parent constitution to give the chairman powers to run the region professionally. This is the biggest investment the FA has made, and it has to be put into practice. If all the stakeholders can all pull in the same direction, the BFA can be one of the strongest FAs at FIFA level,” said Mamelodi in his closing remarks.
For his part, the Gaborone regional FA, Vice Chairperson, Thapelo Mothusi said as the region they are grateful for all the lessons learnt from the Operation Time for Change course. He said all club administrators have been fully equipped with critical lessons to implement at their various clubs.

BFA President Maclean Letshwiti

As it was the last day of the course, all participants were tasked with case studies to mimic real football situations, ranging from organizing the play-offs, youth tournaments and event management.
Meanwhile, The BFA Technical officer, Tshepo Mphukuthi further assured the delegates that in the upcoming football season, the CAF regulations will be intensified, and teams will have to have coaches with relevant coaching badges to be illegible to coach particularly at CAF competitions.

BFA acting TD Dr Carolin Braun and BFA Chief Protocol Officer Spencer Mmui

From Gaborone, the Operation Time for Change programme will head out to the Kgatleng Regional FA, from April 26th – 30th, and call it a wrap in Palapye from 10th – 14th May 2021 with the Central/North Regional FA (Serowe).

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