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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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BFA announces an Exciting Charter of Developments

The President of Botswana Football Association Mr Maclean Letshwiti shared his vision for the BFA in the upcoming months.

The BFA, under the trusted astute leadership of Mr Maclean Letshwiti, places corporate governance and professionalism at a high premium and therefore we wish to emphasise that the principles of accountability, fairness, responsibility and transparency will be placed at the centre of all projects undertaken by the association. It is therefore also a priority of the association to share our vision.

  • The BFA in conjunction with FIFA (the world governing body of football) has formally reviewed all internal structures and amended the BFA constitution and existing handbooks to ensure FIFA Compliance. The formalising of club licensing is at the core of this project ensuring Good Corporate Governance in line with the FIFA Statutes.
  • It is also of utmost importance for the BFA to ensure that youth development is prioritised. There are exciting projects currently underway that will not only benefit the youth of the country but will also positively influence the quality of football in future generations.
  • For football to grow in Botswana, it is crucial for the BFA to continue on its path of commercialising football. The BFA will ensure that the economic benefits associated with professional football is effectively utilised and benefits all structures under the BFA’s auspices. The BFA is making significant strides in obtaining additional revenue streams and wishes to ensure the footballing fraternity that these funds will be managed by the association in line with Good Corporate Governance.

The future is bright, we need patience and support of all stakeholder to ensure our responsibility as custodians of football in Botswana is achieved…Watch this space for continual updates.

 

 

 

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