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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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Ditlhokwe signs with SuperSport United

SuperSport United is pleased to announce the signing of Botswana international defender Thatayaone Ditlhokwe from Township Rollers on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

The 21-year-old helped the Gaborone giants to lift the Botswana Premier League in the 2018/19 season and was rewarded with a national team call up.

The Botswana international captain played an important role for his side in the 2019 COSAFA Cup in South Africa, where he helped the Zebras finish 2nd in the tournament losing to Zambia in the final.

Ditlhokwe said,” I am very happy to be here in this great team. The club has won a lot of trophies in the past and I want to be part of that winning environment and I am also looking forward to working with coach Kaitano Tembo. As a former player and current coach of the team, I think I can learn a lot from him and reward him for the faith he has put in signing me.”

Players agent Errol Dicks who confirmed that the player also had formal offers from Europe but chose to come to the PSL as his pathway of choice. Dicks said, “TT had interest from Europe, but he is young and has time on his side and as a first move out the country SuperSport is an ideal platform for him to shine in a team that is not afraid to play young players.”

The President of Township Rollers FC, Mr Jagdish Shah, “We are pleased to have added value to the career of Ditlhokwe, he has been a true role model to all his peers. We at Rollers pride ourselves in not standing in the way of our players furthering their development we take this opportunity to wish TT well in his future career.”

SuperSport CEO Stan Matthews added, “TT is a player we have tracked for some time and we feel he has a really bright future at SuperSport. We have had Botswana players here before like Dipsy Selolawane, Gabonamong, and Ngele and they all made an impact, so we are looking forward to TT helping us to win trophies and maintain a good league campaign.”

Source: SuperSport United

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