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BFA President, Maclean Letshwiti vies for CAF EXCO seat

GABORONE — The Botswana Football Association (BFA) President Maclean Letshwiti is seeking to become an executive committee member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), at the much-anticipated Elective Congress slated for March 12, 2021 in Casablanca, Morocco.

“I would like to announce my candidacy for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) EXCO member COSAFA region in the elective congress slated for March 12, 2021 in Casablanca, Morocco. This is my first time running for the position, and now more than ever, I think it’s time…it’s time to bring in new ideas, new faces, progressive thinking, and most importantly, progressive action,” said Letshwiti this week.

As a respected businessman with over 30 years of business and corporate leadership experience, Letshwiti has stirred both listed and non-listed blue-chip companies to greater heights.

His admirable footprints are glaring in several economic sectors, and he strongly believes his business acumen will positively add value and be fruitful for CAF.

In football circles, I’m a revered trailblazer, with an incredible knack for perfectionism, having served as member of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, member of Organizing Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations, member of COSAFA Executive Committee as well as Chairman of COSAFA Legal and Statutes Committee. During the 2018 FIFA World Cup, held in Russia I also served as a member of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee,” added Letshwiti.
Letshwiti is vying for the EXCO seat under the COSAFA region which has 2 seats in the board. He will battle it out with Feizal Ismael Sidat (Mozambique), Elvis Raja Chetty (Seychelles), Kanizat Ibrahim (Comoros), Patricia Rajeriarison (Madagascar) and Arthur De Almeida E. Silva (Angola).

The CAF governance committee last week in Cairo, Egypt approved the following candidates for the exco election from their respective blocks. They are Wadie Jary (Tunisia), Mustapha Ishola Raji (Liberia), Djibrilla Hima Hamidou (Niger), Edwin Simeon- Okraku (Ghana), Adoum Djibrine (Chad), Suleiman Waberi (Djibouti), Isayas Jira (Ethiopia), Kanizat Ibrahim (Comoros), Lawson Hogban-Latre-Kayti Edzona (Togo), while nominations requiring additional verifications include Mamadou Antonio Souare (Guinea), Seidou Mbombo Njoya (Cameroun) and Arthur De Almeida E. Silva (Angola). The BFA has openly supported South African business tycoon and Mamelodi Sundowns president, Dr. Patrice Motsepe who is vying for the CAF presidency. Motsepe faces competition from Ahmed Yahya of Mauritania and Senegal’s Augustin Senghor and Jacques Anouma of Ivory Coast.

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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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