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Letshwiti Attends Inaugural CAF EXCO Meeting

Following yesterday’s win at the 43rd Confederation of African Football (CAF) General Assembly held in Rabat, Morocco where Botswana Football Association (BFA) President, Maclean Letshwiti was elected as an executive member of CAF EXCO, the team today (Saturday) held an inaugural meeting to induct and map the future of African football.

The meeting was expected and intended as an opportunity to “sound out” future decisions and courses of action, as a means of discussing and sharing ideas concerning the future of CAF, courtesy of the newly elected EXCO.
The 43rd CAF General Assembly, elected Dr. Patrice Motsepe, as President of CAF. Dr Motsepe, who becomes the seventh person to occupy the position of CAF President, begins his four-year term after being elected unopposed by the Member Associations of CAF, present in Rabat.

Going to the General Assembly, Africa adopted a unity stance which saw other three candidates, namely Augustin Senghor, Ahmed Yahya and Jacques Anouma withdraw from the race to be President.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who was in attendance in Rabat in his remarks in the General Assembly commended the African Member Associates for the unity they have displayed in the last few weeks.
In his first address as CAF President, Dr Motsepe spoke about creating a new CAF that will take African football to new heights.

“I’m very excited. There is a great deal of urgency of getting things done. There is a going to be a lot of work and a lot of running. We have to make sure that African football is not just competitive but globally successful. Africa spends millions of dollars every year paying for tv rights of leagues outside Africa. There is a need to build our own products and we will succeed.

“The face of African football will never be the same again. 95% of our conversations will be about football and that is fine but there must be that 5% where we discuss the importance of the private sector partnerships. We need to restore the pride, the dignity and the respect of Africa,” said Dr Motsepe.

Dr Motsepe has committed to visiting each of the 54 Member Associates of CAF as part of a plan to understand the problems facing Member Associates and also to assist in creating better relations with the corporate world.

𝑬𝑳𝑬𝑪𝑻𝑰𝑽𝑬 𝑮𝑬𝑵𝑬𝑹𝑨𝑳 𝑨𝑺𝑺𝑬𝑴𝑩𝑳𝒀 𝑹𝑬𝑺𝑼𝑳𝑻𝑺

𝑪𝑨𝑭 𝑷𝑹𝑬𝑺𝑰𝑫𝑬𝑵𝑻: Dr. Patrice Motsepe (South Africa)

𝙁𝙄𝙁𝘼 𝘾𝙊𝙐𝙉𝘾𝙄𝙇
Francophone – Mathurin de Chacus (Benin)/ Mamoutou Toure (Mali)
Anglophone – Amaju Melvin Pinnick (Nigeria)
Arabophone Hispanophone Lusophone – Hani Abo Rida (Egypt)/ Fouzi Lekjaa (Morocco)
Women Representative – Isha Johansen (Sierra Leone)

𝘾𝘼𝙁 𝙀𝙓𝙀𝘾𝙐𝙏𝙄𝙑𝙀 𝘾𝙊𝙈𝙈𝙄𝙏𝙏𝙀𝙀
Women Representative – Kanizat IBRAHIM (Comoros)
North Zone – Wadie Jary (Tunisia)
West Zone A – Mustapha Ishola Raji (Liberia)
West Zone B – Djibrilla Hima Hamidou (Niger)
Central Zone – Seidou Mbombo Njoya (Cameroon)
Centre-East Zone – Suleiman Waberi (Djibouti)
South Zone – Evlis Raja Chetty (Seychelles)/ Maclean Cortez Letshwiti (Botswana)

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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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