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Letshwiti attends CAF EXCO meeting in Kigali, Rwanda

The Confederation of African Football (CAF)Executive Committee will meet in Kigali, Rwanda this weekend on Saturday, 15 May 2021, and Botswana Football Association (BFA) President, Maclean Letshwiti will attend. Letshwiti is expected to fly out to Rwanda today (Thursday), and attend the meeting which will be chaired by CAF President, Dr. Patrice Motsepe, who ascended the seat at the 43rd CAF General Assembly, after being elected unopposed by the Member Associations of CAF in Rabat, Morocco in March. The last Executive Committee meeting was held on 30 March 2021 by video conference.

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 earlier this year.

Letshwiti was elected to the CAF EXCO in March this year, something which he described as, “a huge achievement not only for me but for our country and the entire continent.”

“Serving in the executive committee of CAF is a great honour for me, my country and Africa, and I would like to assure you that I will carry out all my duties diligently as required for the betterment of African football. Having and continuing to serve in various other footballing bodies and being an astute businessman, I’m certain my experiences will come in handy for us all,” said Letshwiti sometime in March.

The Botswana FA President said the CAF Executive Committee meeting agenda is expected to discuss several subjects in particular the preparation of the last rounds of the various continental interclub competitions, the postponement of the start of the World Cup qualifiers to September, Pan-African Schools Football Championships, which was recently announced and is sponsored by President Motsepe.

“I look forward to attending the CAF EXCO meeting where several subjects will be discussed on the agenda. CAF is more about competitions. We will also discuss the chances of Botswana hosting the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations,” said Letshwiti moments before departing for Rwanda.

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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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