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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.

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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)

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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 GRANTS AMROUCHE LEAVE OF ABSENCE

GABORONE, Botswana – Following the request by Senior National Team Coach, Adel Amrouche for leave of absence to attend to a personal matter, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) wishes to inform the public that he has been granted the leave with immediate effect.

Since the COSAFA tournament is the last competitive tournament for the Zebras in the immediate future, the BFA amicably resolved to release Amrouche. The affairs of the National team in preparation for the tournament, set to take place in Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa from 7-18 July 2021 shall be handed over to Letang Kgengwenyane.

“The BFA understands and supports Mr. Amrouche’s situation and wishes him all the best in his future endeavours,” said BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone G. Taylor.

Amrouche took over as the Zebras head coach in August 2019 on a two-year deal. After weeks of engaging with the coach over his future, an agreement was reached not to extend his contract.

Adel Amrouche

“Amrouche has been Zebras head coach since August 2019, and his leadership during that time was important to our successful development and international exposure of our players,” added Taylor.

“We appreciate all that Amrouche has done to build a disciplined team. He has always had a thorough understanding of what it takes to be a successful team and has done his best to mentor his players accordingly,” concluded Taylor.

Amrouche has since expressed gratitude towards the BFA for the opportunity.
“I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity to lead the Zebras over the last two years. I leave having picked up quite a number of valuable lessons that will be necessary in the journey ahead. I wish the Zebras success in future competitions,” Amrouche said in statement recently.

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