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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.



The CAF Pan-African Schools Football Championship is an intercontinental schools soccer tournament for both boys and girls focusing on youth participation in the growth and development to shape future leaders.
This year’s CAF PAN AFRICAN SCHOOL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 1st edition-season 2022/23 commence today (August 5th to the 7th August 2022)
Its objective is to promote and develop the educational, cultural, and humanitarian aspects of organized football in Africa by implementing youth programmes.
The competition is open to young students (girls and boys) aged 13 to 15 years, regularly attending school that has signed with the BFA and whose schools have been selected according to criteria set by CAF.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐬:
𝐌𝐚𝐨𝐤𝐚 𝐉𝐒𝐒
𝐏𝐞𝐤𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐧𝐞 𝐉𝐒𝐒
𝐌𝐦𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐮𝐥𝐚 𝐉𝐒𝐒
𝐑𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐞 𝐉𝐒𝐒
𝐍𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐠 𝐉𝐒𝐒
𝐙𝐰𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐛𝐞 𝐉𝐒𝐒
𝐒𝐞𝐤𝐠𝐞𝐥𝐞 𝐉𝐒𝐒
𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐚 𝐉𝐒𝐒
𝐁𝐨𝐤𝐚𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐨 𝐉𝐒𝐒
𝐌𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐨 𝐉𝐒𝐒
Selected teams are part of the entire edition of the Pan-African School Football Championship, organized during the 2022/2023 season and will take place in three phases:
I. The National Phase from March to July 2022
II. The Zonal Phase from September to December 2022
III. The Continental Phase from March to July 2023
The games will be played at the Lekidi Football Centre grounds from 0800 to 1700 hours.

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