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Letshwiti calls for Unity

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) President, Maclean Letshwiti has called on all football stakeholders to work together in harmony for the betterment of the game. Officially opening the Kgatleng Regional Football Association’s (FA) ‘Operation Time for Change’ training this morning (Tuesday) at Rasesa Lodge in Rasesa, Letshwiti called for an intensified stakeholder management including an adherence to club licensing guidelines, which will ultimately guide the new and professional look of local football.

The 5-day FIFA approved, and funded programme dubbed Administration and Management Course for the KgatlengRegional FA kicked off on Monday (yesterday) until Friday and is 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 include 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.

The BFA President pleaded with the Kgatleng Regional FA to collectively work together with other stakeholders, and only then will we see the much-needed change in our football. Letshwiti said as the BFA they saw the need to engage with all regions through the ‘Operation Time For Change’ to better equip everyone with new and modern models of football, which include increasing and managing fanbase, finance, governance, all of which are extremely critical in running a professional club.

“We have to manage our stakeholders and keep them closer; this will give us an opportunity to have a better understanding of how we can all work harmoniously together.

This will in turn help us to accelerate club licensing, in line with the commitment by FIFA to commercialize football. As the BFA, we will provide guidelines on the minimum standards for all football structures and clubs. This will guide our structures on electing suitable individuals into various positions, and only then will our football grow,” said Letshwiti.

BFA President Maclean Letshwiti

The BFA President also assured the gathered football delegates that football will return soon, adding that they remain hopeful all efforts to bring back the people’s game will be fully supported government.

For his part, the Katleng Regional Football Association (KRFA) chairperson, Thabang Seleke said today’s training is an opportunity for his region to develop relations with all its stakeholders and equip them with the relevant knowledge regarding the latest skills in running and managing their clubs and football.

Furthermore, Seleke acknowledged the Kgatleng Regional FA for its relentless commitment to the development of football in the region, as evidenced by their passion for the sport.

“We have a cordial relationship with the council where they continue to help us with various infrastructures such as roads and playing grounds. Infrastructure plays a critical role in the advancement of football, be it grassroots or professional. Quite pleasing is that we also have a new office which is a good start in the right direction,” said Seleke adding that the only appeal is for the BFA assist them with office equipment.

“This will go a long way in helping us to keep our records safe, which is a critical part of good governance,” said Seleke.

FIFA instructor and consultant, Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting said the participants will learn all the basics of football such as having a firm understanding of the ecosystem of football from FIFA, CAF and COSAFA respectively.

“We have to understand football in today’s modern world. We will further go into governance, finance, including management of clubs. Overtime I have emphasized that we must constantly empower our leadership. The common problem across regions has always been who owns the clubs between the registered members and founding member, who in my capacity act as is if they are the shareholders. Regions must understand that they are football, and that this is where we need to change, hence this project, ‘Operation Time for Change’. Another great concern is that of compliance. We need to go back to our communities to start our links in football. Stakeholder management is part of our program and very vital, we need all the leaders such as bogosi, council, schools, and other leaders of our society and that is only when we will see an improvement in our football,” narrated Mamelodi.

Kgatleng District Council Chairperson Daniel Molokwe (LEFT) with BFA President Letshwiti

The Kgatleng District Council chairperson Daniel Molokwe said as the council they are committed to facilitating all investments in their district to increase the economic value of football.

“Companies that are in our region must show committed corporate social responsibility (CSR) to football as it is very important in the food chain of any business and society. Furthermore, we must understand that companies that support football want a return on investment (ROI) too, so branding is vital, so they also see value in their investment. We want to see football developing as this will help us produce quality players that can compete with their counterparts anywhere. A case in point, as the region we can be credited for the flair and advertisement of football through our club Mochudi Centre Chiefs over the years, I therefore challenge the investors to also engage our teams to reach their business goals. We commit to support the BFA through President Letshwiti, so we develop community stadias because that is where we nurture and groom all talent,” said Molokwe.

From Kgatleng, the Operation Time for Change programme will call it a wrap in Palapye from 10th – 14th May 2021 with the Central/North Regional FA (Serowe).

  • BFA President Maclean Letshwiti

  • Kgatleng District Council Chairperson Daniel Molokwe

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GABORONE, Botswana – The Botswana Football Association (BFA) Medical Committee has embarked on the training of compliance officers as per the Return to Play guidelines. The training,  which kicks off today, 24th June with the FRAFA in Francistown will cover all teams in BFA regions being BFL, First Divisions, RFAs leagues as well as the women’s league, and will conclude on July 4 with Tsabong RFA in Tsabong.  

Just recently, the Medical Committee chaired by Dr. Lone Bogwasi hosted a two-day Return to Play workshop aimed at ensuring that a considerable level of set health precautions is always upheld and to support all teams in the BFA structures, making sure they are capacitated, speak one language of ‘hygiene, prevention and prompt recognition’.

“The medical profession and the country will look onto us and football to ensure outmost safety of the players during their engagement in footballing activities. A multi-disciplinary approach is needed in our engagement to ensure a holistic approach to caring for the athlete to enable a conducive environment for them to excel,” said Dr. Lone Bogwasi recently.

The committee further seeks to identify areas of need by the football association as well as develop policies regarding sports medical matters locally, amongst them, aspects of sports medicine, nutrition, psychology, sports science including continuous education and research which are part of the evolving field of football medicine.

The BFA Medical Committee include Mpho Bogopa, Dr. Monkgogi Thakgathi, Aldrin Majaye, Kitso Dlamini, Golekanye Morutwa, Kaelo Kgosieyang, Dr. Mwamba Nsebula, Tshepo Makete and Tiroyaone Otimile, and is chaired by Dr. Lone Bagwasi.

“We wish to inform you that through the Medical Committee, we will be embarking on the training of compliance officers as per the Return to Play guidelines. You are therefore requested to invite one medical personnel from each team in your region to attend the workshop. You are further requested to source venue for the workshop as per the training schedule below,” said the BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone G. Taylor today.

“The trainings will be conducted by members of the BFA Medical Committee. You are therefore requested to liaise with the Office of the General Manager, Football Operations and the Regional Coordinator for purposes of coordination of the workshop,” added Taylor.

TRAINING SCHEDULE – FIRST DIVISION NORTH, EASTERN & NOTHERN BLOCKS

24th June – FRAFA – Francistown

25th June – Selibe- Phikwe RFA – Selibe Phikwe

26th June – Tswapong, CNRFA & CSRFA – Palapye

27 June – Boteti RFA – Letlhakane

29th June – Nhabe – Maun

3rd July – Chobe – Kasane

TRAINING SCHEDULE – FIRST DIVISION SOUTH, WESTERN & SOUTHERN BLOCKS

29th June – Gaborone City RFA – Gaborone

30th June – BFL, 1st Div. South & SERFA – Gaborone

1st July – SORFA – Kanye

2nd July – Kgatleng RFA – Rasesa

2nd July –  Gantsi RFA – Gantsi

3rd July – Kang & Hukuntsi RFAs – Kang

3rd July – Kweneng RFA – Molepolole

4th July – Tsabong RFA – Tsabong

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