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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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Zebras interim head coach Mogomotsi Mpote named his final 23 man squad for the 2022 COSAFA championship. The tournament is expected to kick start from the 5th July to the 17th of July 2022 at Durban, South Africa.

Mpote has named a squad with an average age of 22 years, the gaffer has highlighted that the main aim for him and his charges will be to qualify from the group to give themselves a chance to fight for the championship . Mpote who was a 2019 silver medalist with the Zebras has named Thato Kebue and Lebogang Ditsile as Co-Captains for the team.

The Zebras will head to South Africa on Saturday the 2nd of July for the tournament. Botswana is in Group A with Angola, Comoros and Seychelles and will kick start their opening match against the Ireland nation Seychelles on the 5th July.

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