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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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Letshwiti voted onto COSAFA Executive Committee

Botswana Football Association President Maclean Letshwiti has been voted onto the COSAFA Executive Committee at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Letshwiti fills the vacancy left by General Pedro Neto, who resigned last year having been sworn in as a Member of Parliament in Angola.

Letshwiti was one of two candidates for the Exco position, but President of the Angolan Football Federation, Artur Almeida e Silva, withdrew from the running before the vote took place.

In other matters on the agenda, the Exco approved Malawi as host of the 2019 COSAFA Under-17 Championships, with the date of the competition to be announced in due course.

The regional finals have been held in Mauritius for the last three years and in 2018 served as qualifiers for the African Under-17 Championships.

Also approved on Saturday was a COSAFA Women’s Under-17 Championship to be staged this year, with the host nation and date still to be determined.

Finally, the COSAFA Beach Soccer Championship was approved for April in the Seychelles.

The Indian Ocean Island hosted the first COSAFA Beach Soccer tournament in 2015 when Madagascar were crowned inaugural winners.

The next Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations is scheduled for Uganda in 2020.

Source: COSAFA.com

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