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Letshwiti Attends Inaugural CAF EXCO Meeting

Following yesterday’s win at the 43rd Confederation of African Football (CAF) General Assembly held in Rabat, Morocco where Botswana Football Association (BFA) President, Maclean Letshwiti was elected as an executive member of CAF EXCO, the team today (Saturday) held an inaugural meeting to induct and map the future of African football.

The meeting was expected and intended as an opportunity to “sound out” future decisions and courses of action, as a means of discussing and sharing ideas concerning the future of CAF, courtesy of the newly elected EXCO.
The 43rd CAF General Assembly, elected Dr. Patrice Motsepe, as President of CAF. Dr Motsepe, who becomes the seventh person to occupy the position of CAF President, begins his four-year term after being elected unopposed by the Member Associations of CAF, present in Rabat.

Going to the General Assembly, Africa adopted a unity stance which saw other three candidates, namely Augustin Senghor, Ahmed Yahya and Jacques Anouma withdraw from the race to be President.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who was in attendance in Rabat in his remarks in the General Assembly commended the African Member Associates for the unity they have displayed in the last few weeks.
In his first address as CAF President, Dr Motsepe spoke about creating a new CAF that will take African football to new heights.

“I’m very excited. There is a great deal of urgency of getting things done. There is a going to be a lot of work and a lot of running. We have to make sure that African football is not just competitive but globally successful. Africa spends millions of dollars every year paying for tv rights of leagues outside Africa. There is a need to build our own products and we will succeed.

“The face of African football will never be the same again. 95% of our conversations will be about football and that is fine but there must be that 5% where we discuss the importance of the private sector partnerships. We need to restore the pride, the dignity and the respect of Africa,” said Dr Motsepe.

Dr Motsepe has committed to visiting each of the 54 Member Associates of CAF as part of a plan to understand the problems facing Member Associates and also to assist in creating better relations with the corporate world.


𝑪𝑨𝑭 𝑷𝑹𝑬𝑺𝑰𝑫𝑬𝑵𝑻: Dr. Patrice Motsepe (South Africa)

Francophone – Mathurin de Chacus (Benin)/ Mamoutou Toure (Mali)
Anglophone – Amaju Melvin Pinnick (Nigeria)
Arabophone Hispanophone Lusophone – Hani Abo Rida (Egypt)/ Fouzi Lekjaa (Morocco)
Women Representative – Isha Johansen (Sierra Leone)

Women Representative – Kanizat IBRAHIM (Comoros)
North Zone – Wadie Jary (Tunisia)
West Zone A – Mustapha Ishola Raji (Liberia)
West Zone B – Djibrilla Hima Hamidou (Niger)
Central Zone – Seidou Mbombo Njoya (Cameroon)
Centre-East Zone – Suleiman Waberi (Djibouti)
South Zone – Evlis Raja Chetty (Seychelles)/ Maclean Cortez Letshwiti (Botswana)


COSAFA and LaLiga Instructors’ Masterclass gets underway

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) Technical Division led by Acting Technical Director, Dr. Carolin Braun today (Wednesday) joined their counterparts from the COSAFA region in a virtual Instructors Masterclass powered by COSAFA in partnership with LaLiga. The BFA participants include Alex Malete, Duncan Tshegofatso, Kaelo Kaelo, Jaqueline Gaboinelwe and Barobi Ngwako.

COSAFA and La Liga seek to improve football in the region with this exciting project where they look to equip regional instructors with training methods, academy structure, player development path, game model and overall, how to make a good instructor.

BFA acting TD Dr. Carolin Braun

The course is a pilot program which kickstarted its first of the two sessions beginning April 21st, 2021 and the second took place today, Wednesday May 5th, 2021.  The BFA Acting Technical Director, Dr. Carolin Braun was today jubilant that all participants from the Botswana FA will be able to harness their skills for the betterment of the BFA development structures.

She further highlighted that the courses come at the right time when the entire football system is regenerating for the future. Dr. Braun was also confident that the BFA has chosen capable individuals who have made a commitment to take the lessons and safeguard the country’s footballing prospects. 

BFA Women development officer, Barobi Ngwako

The first day of the course was manned by Juan Florit – Head of LaLiga Football Projects and Andoni Bombín – Head of Methodology at Athletic Club, while today’s session was led by Saul Vazquez – Football Projects Specialist and Carlos Casal – Football Projects Coordinator, respectively.


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