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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 President congratulates Mr Gianni Infantino

The President of the BFA Maclean Letswhiti wishes to extend his well wishes and appreciation to Mr Gianni Infantino who was recently re-elected as FIFA President for his second term.

BFA President Maclean Letshwiti stated on his official Facebook Page:

“Let me take this time to congratulate the FIFA President Mr G. Infantino on being re-elected to the Football governing body yet again. The President stood unopposed. On behalf of the Botswana Football Association, we wish you well in your second term.”

Infantino was elected as FIFA President for a second term and will, therefore, continue to serve as President of FIFA up until 2023.

President Maclean Letshwini jetted out of Botswana and was present in the city of Paris, France for the European ceremony.

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