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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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Diamond Zebras & Young Zebras to play friendly matches

Botswana Junior National Teams under-17 (Diamond Zebras) and the under-20 (Young Zebras) will this weekend of 23rd – 25th August 2019 report to camp. The two teams will play friendly matches against Eswatini U17 & U20 boys on the 24th and 25th August 2019.

The games will be used to give the two teams international match practice. For his part, Diamond Zebras coach Tebogo Mokute says his charges will benefit greatly from the games as they have worked on different approaches and tactics in recent months and he is positive the team understands his vision.

Mokute will lead the Diamond Zebras to the 2019 COSAFA championships to be staged in Malawi from the 25th September to the 5th October 2019. The under-20 team under the tutelage of Raizor Tsatsilebe will find the games important as they have also started preparations for the 2019 COSAFA championship scheduled for December 2019 in Zambia.

Eswatini is expected to arrive in Botswana on Friday evening with games set to be played at Lekidi grounds. On Saturday 1600hrs and 0900hrs kick off on Sunday morning before the boys from the Kingdom of Eswatini return home.

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