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Letshwiti voted onto COSAFA Executive Committee

Botswana Football Association President Maclean Letshwiti has been voted onto the COSAFA Executive Committee at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Letshwiti fills the vacancy left by General Pedro Neto, who resigned last year having been sworn in as a Member of Parliament in Angola.

Letshwiti was one of two candidates for the Exco position, but President of the Angolan Football Federation, Artur Almeida e Silva, withdrew from the running before the vote took place.

In other matters on the agenda, the Exco approved Malawi as host of the 2019 COSAFA Under-17 Championships, with the date of the competition to be announced in due course.

The regional finals have been held in Mauritius for the last three years and in 2018 served as qualifiers for the African Under-17 Championships.

Also approved on Saturday was a COSAFA Women’s Under-17 Championship to be staged this year, with the host nation and date still to be determined.

Finally, the COSAFA Beach Soccer Championship was approved for April in the Seychelles.

The Indian Ocean Island hosted the first COSAFA Beach Soccer tournament in 2015 when Madagascar were crowned inaugural winners.

The next Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations is scheduled for Uganda in 2020.

Source: COSAFA.com

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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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