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Mamelodi calls for one vision view of Botswana FA

GABORONE, Botswana – FIFA instructor and consultant, Ashford Mamelodi has lauded the Botswana Football Association (BFA) National Executive Committee (NEC) for hosting a successful induction over the weekend, saying this aligns with the FA’s vision of being a self-sustaining organisation of excellence.

In a post event interview, Mamelodi praised the weekend’s induction as a success saying it accorded both the NEC and the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone G. Taylor a chance to introspect, and discuss important roles while emphasising protocols for a conducive working environment.

BFA CEO Goabaone Taylor

“It was heartwarming to see all those who attended the meeting having a one vision view towards the goal of protecting and promoting a culture of accountability, responsibility with a clear mandate. This truly aligns with the FA’s values of promoting fair play, caring and respect for membership rights as well as transparency.,” said Mamelodi in retrospect.

He further said, induction of the Board is a typical occurrence especially after each election so that those that have been elected understand their roles and responsibilities, and are aligned to the mandate of the BFA to ensure accountable leadership.

“The standing committees are largely the thinking tanks of the FA, so they need to be active so that they can influence the strategic direction of the FA,” added Mamelodi.

From left to right – Minister Rakgare (sleeveless jacket) with BFA CEO Taylor, BFA VP1 Motlogelwa and BFA President Letshwiti

The induction, he added, focused on three components which include international best practice of developing  football, declaration of interest, how the Board can monitor its performance roles as well as building formidable cohesion between the BFA NEC and Secretariat.

“The induction was primarily to agree new ways of doing work to ensure and efficient and effective Board that will work in the best interest of the FA. The BFA has recently hired a new CEO and it was important to ensure a level playing filled for good governance of a sports organisation.

Furthermore, Mamelodi emphasised to the BFA NEC that, for the Secretariat to reach its goals, the standing committees need to be steadfast and active all their respective roles.

“Communication is fundamental in a professionalised football environment, and as such a strengthened communications desk is vital. A clear communication plan will help alleviate the negative PR as messages about the activities of the FA will be communicated consistently.”

Botswana Football League Chairperson, Aryl Ralebala

Mamelodi who has been conducting the BFA Administration Management Course dubbed Operation Time for Change in all the 17 regions across the country is optimistic that with insights and knowledge bases imparted, the Regional Football Associations (RFAs) are well-equipped to take the FA to the next level through empowered football administrators.

“The feedback has been positive; the Regional Football Associations (RFAs) are even eager to learn more with a follow up course. I must applaud Maclean Letshwiti (BFA President) for advocating that Botswana becomes the first to benefit from this course from FIFA. For the BFA to be a game changer, it’s important that the RFAs are as stronger. The vision of the BFA with the Operation Time for Change is to have knowledgeable representatives in every region so they can impart all the knowledge they have acquired unto other administrators in the future. This is the legacy I’d love to leave behind,” said Mamelodi.



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.


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


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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