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Who is Maclean Letshwiti?

Maclean Letshwiti is the President of Botswana Football Association (BFA), took office in 2016.  He serves in the FIFA Disciplinary Committee as well and the CAF Reforms Committee whose core mandate is to come up with best models that will aid good governance, competitiveness and the professionalism of African football. Upon realising Letshwiti’s capabilities FIFA  and CAF appointed him to those key committees, hardly a year after ascending to BFA Presidency.

He has been involved in football administration at club level as a young 20 year old. His involvement has helped him understand Botswana football and hence able to device the best foot forward for it at BFA level. He has never been directly active at BFA level until in 2016 when he was voted for. The main message during campaigns was reforming BFA to make sure it focuses on its core mandate of Development, National Teams, and Regulation. Over and above that he wanted to make sure there is investor confidence in football so that more money can be put into it. Lately companies have been injecting more money into football, and more are expected to do so.

Under his leadership thousands of boys and girls have been actively playing in youth leagues that are a brain child of his leadership. BFA regions and blocks are becoming more empowered under his leadership as he believes they are the drivers of development agenda. Four (4) Block offices are already running and are manned by block technical officers. FIFA are highly engaged in the whole process of making sure a strong development agenda is realised. Botswana is one of the first two countries in the world that is taking advantage of the refreshed FIFA Forward development program. The long awaited return of FA Cup will finally be over under his leadership as it will be launched soon.

The BFA President is generally  known for turning poorly performing companies into profit making entities.

In summary Letshwiti believes that many can make a living out of football and Botswana should be exporting more talent to bigger leagues. That can only be achieved when BFA focuses on it’s core mandate and also builds investor confidence in the game. That is why under his leadership he is moving to make sure Botswana clubs comply with Club Licensing requirements that have been in place since 2012 but were never implemented.

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Former Arsenal coach Wenger graces CAF EXCO meeting

KIGALI, RWANDA – Botswana Football Association (BFA) President and CAF EXCO member, Maclean Letshwiti is currently in Kigali, Rwanda where he attended the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee meeting held at Serena Hotel on Saturday.
 
The EXCO meeting was chaired by CAF President, Dr. Patrice Motsepe. Also present, among other distinguished guests was FIFA President, Gianni Infantino and former Arsenal coach, Arsene Wenger, who currently serves as the world football body FIFA Chief of Global Football Development.
 
The main items on the Agenda related to the implementation of the Pan-African Schools Football Championship, the CAF/FIFA Refereeing Agreement and the FIFA-CAF USD 1 billion Infrastructure Development project. Amongst some of the matters discussed included the 2022-2024 competitions calendar and the challenges relating to the pre-match Covid19 testing.
Prior to the EXCO meeting, the CAF President held several meetings including with the six CAF Zonal Unions Presidents (CECAFA, COSAFA, UNAF, UNIFFAC, WAFU A and WAFU B.

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