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Letshwiti, Motlogelwa Join Other African Football Leaders at CAF Elective Congress

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) President, Maclean Letshwiti accompanied by his Vice President 1, Marshlow Motlogelwa will travel to Rabat, Morocco to attend the Confederation of African Football (CAF) elective congress, where South African mining magnate and Mamelodi Sundowns supremo, Patrice Motsepe is set to become CAF President unopposed.
Letshwiti is also seeking to become an executive committee member of CAF, at the much-anticipated Elective Congress slated for Friday, March 12, 2021 in Rabat, Morocco.
Speaking from Doha, Qatar this morning, the BFA President, Maclean Letshwiti said he looks forward to a free and fair elective congress where football will be a unifying factor.
“Earlier this year, I announced my candidacy for CFA EXCO member COSAFA region. This is my first time running for the position, and now more than ever, I think it’s time…it’s time to bring in new ideas, new faces, progressive thinking, and most importantly, progressive action. We need to run football like we run businesses. Only then will everyone benefit accordingly,” said Letshwiti.

BFA VP1, Marshlow Motlogelwa who is expected to leave the country this afternoon at 1430hrs acknowledged his Moroccoan counterparts at the Morocco Football Association for assisting the BFA delegation secure travel visas to the north African country.

“We have a mutual understanding with the Morocco FA, and they have been very helpful in securing our visas. We are COVID-19 free and shall abide by the health protocols to remain healthy. It’s a two-man delegation to the CAF elective congress where our president is seeking to be elected and we are confident through his leadership and our campaign thus far that we will have a seat in the CAF executive committee,” said Motlogelwa.

The BFA president Letshwiti is seeking a seat in the CAF executive committee representing the COSAFA bloc which is allocated two seats.

Meanwhile, Motsepe is expected to start his tenure as CAF presidency after his opponents voluntarily and mutually chose to withdraw their candidature. Motsepe will withdraw his role as Mamelodi Sundowns FC President to devote himself body and soul to his new position. The first year of his presidency would be devoted to visiting all the presidents of federations on the continent to ask them what their priorities are.

Motsepe’s programme, which is based around 10 objectives include introducing video assistant referees, better TV broadcasting of African matches and building at least one stadium according to FIFA standards in each country.


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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