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Letshwiti calls on NEC to support new CEO to better football

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) President Maclean Letshwiti has called on his National Executive Committee (NEC) to reset and live up to the expectations of the FA, including giving adequate support to the new CEO, Goabaone G. Taylor in a quest to better the governance of football. Today’s meeting also gave Taylor an opportunity to give feedback on the health bill of the FA since her ascension to the top post in April.
The BFA President further called on the NEC to actively contribute towards the furtherance of the BFA objectives.
“This is an opportunity for us to share information on important elements of football; discuss important roles of NEC and members thereof; address our expectations; elaborate on relations between different groups in the game within the leadership structure; as well as emphasise on the working protocols between ourselves, our CEO and her staff; including advocating for a conducive working environment for the ultimate success of BFA,” said Letshwiti.

Minister Rakgare and BFA President Letshwiti

The President noted that they have been elected to serve the game of football and to see to it that it continues to improve in all its facets, including the development of Youth & Grassroots; Women Football, Refereeing, Quality Competitions, which will lead to improving National Team performances.
“One of the challenges that this and previous leaderships of the BFA have had is failure to retain the services of our CEOs for a significant length of time. We need at this event to openly interrogate why this is the case as it inevitably has the effect of destabilising the work of the FA. The era of retaining less than suitable individuals in the secretariat must be a thing of the past. The CEO must be given an opportunity to engage competent and professional staff, who will service us and the membership of the BFA. We need to carefully discuss what support we need to give the CEO in order that the secretariat performs at optimum levels. Micromanagement of the CEO or her staff must also be a thing of the past as it has no place in modern day football. A professional secretariat will lead to a well-managed BFA to the satisfaction of our members and stakeholders,” said Letshwiti.

BFA CEO Taylor

Meanwhile, the BFA CEO also briefed the NEC on the successes, challenges, and future of the BFA, an undertaking which she added will make the BFA to become an independent and sustainable entity. The Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Tumiso Rakgare paid a courtesy visit to the NEC induction, where he encouraged everyone to serve football passionately and diligently.

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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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