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Letshwiti calls on NEC to support new CEO to better football

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) President Maclean Letshwiti has called on his National Executive Committee (NEC) to reset and live up to the expectations of the FA, including giving adequate support to the new CEO, Goabaone G. Taylor in a quest to better the governance of football. Today’s meeting also gave Taylor an opportunity to give feedback on the health bill of the FA since her ascension to the top post in April.
The BFA President further called on the NEC to actively contribute towards the furtherance of the BFA objectives.
“This is an opportunity for us to share information on important elements of football; discuss important roles of NEC and members thereof; address our expectations; elaborate on relations between different groups in the game within the leadership structure; as well as emphasise on the working protocols between ourselves, our CEO and her staff; including advocating for a conducive working environment for the ultimate success of BFA,” said Letshwiti.

Minister Rakgare and BFA President Letshwiti

The President noted that they have been elected to serve the game of football and to see to it that it continues to improve in all its facets, including the development of Youth & Grassroots; Women Football, Refereeing, Quality Competitions, which will lead to improving National Team performances.
“One of the challenges that this and previous leaderships of the BFA have had is failure to retain the services of our CEOs for a significant length of time. We need at this event to openly interrogate why this is the case as it inevitably has the effect of destabilising the work of the FA. The era of retaining less than suitable individuals in the secretariat must be a thing of the past. The CEO must be given an opportunity to engage competent and professional staff, who will service us and the membership of the BFA. We need to carefully discuss what support we need to give the CEO in order that the secretariat performs at optimum levels. Micromanagement of the CEO or her staff must also be a thing of the past as it has no place in modern day football. A professional secretariat will lead to a well-managed BFA to the satisfaction of our members and stakeholders,” said Letshwiti.

BFA CEO Taylor

Meanwhile, the BFA CEO also briefed the NEC on the successes, challenges, and future of the BFA, an undertaking which she added will make the BFA to become an independent and sustainable entity. The Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Tumiso Rakgare paid a courtesy visit to the NEC induction, where he encouraged everyone to serve football passionately and diligently.

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National First Divisions undergo Operation Time For Change drill

GABORONE, Botswana – In its relentless quest to professionalize and commercialize local football, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) has extended the FIFA approved and funded programme dubbed Administration and Management Course – Operation Time for Change to National First Division Leagues (NFDL), both in the South and North regions. The five-day rigorous training, which kicked off at Tlotlo Hotel and Conference Centre in Gaborone on Monday (yesterday), is aimed at endowing leaders of football clubs to effectually grow football from grassroots level and administer it with indispensable proficiency.

Furthermore, it is intended to achieve a renewal in terms of how football is managed at all levels throughout the country, facilitated by FIFA instructor and consultant, Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting. Officially opening yesterday’s Operation Time for Change for National First Division South, newly appointed Botswana Football League (BFL) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Solomon Ramochotlhwane implored all clubs to adapt to club licensing regulations, as this will become a standard tool for commercialization of clubs and football in Botswana – a barometer also used by CAF. The course has so far been administered in all the 17 Regional Football Association (RFA) regions where over 600 graduates have been inducted.

With the BFA steadfast to commercialize football, they saw it apt to also train NFDL clubs as they act as a feeder to the elite league. In his remarks Ramochotlhwane said, “the program comes at a time when the BFA 2020 Annual General Assembly granted National Leagues being BFL and NFDL autonomy which paves way for professionalism.  As one of the milestones of becoming professional, Operations Time for Change Program comes at a time when clubs have been struggling to meet CAF Club Licensing requirements. This was mostly due to lack of Management Skills and Stakeholder Management by football administrators.

National First Division Chairman, Sydney Magagane

At the end of the program, the participants will be equipped with the Leadership Skills to enable them to perform their duties and influence the change they want to see,” and further added, “Good Governance drives success and produce positive results. Football is a sport that has been severely battered by poor governance. This comes as results of members failing to account in getting the right people to lead the teams. Planning – This is an area that has been neglected for a very long time. The time has now come for teams to have strategies to drive their day-to-day, week-in and week-out preparations on how they drive football and its activities. Communication- the greatest source of Conflict amongst people is failure to communicate, hence Clear Communication clears barriers of misunderstanding.”

Ramochotlhwane said it is therefore imminent to develop a sense of urgency around the need for change. He noted that the time for clubs to change is now hence it is necessary for clubs to do away with societal organizations mentality. “This often takes strong leadership and visible support from key people within your organization. Identify the true leaders in your organization, as well as your key stakeholders,” added Ramochotlhwane. For his part, Chairman of National First Division South, Sydney Magagane encouraged all clubs to take the course seriously as it will speed up the professionalization and commercialization aspect of Botswana football in general.

“The course intends to further train more instructors as our journey to commercialization will need more professionally equipped experts to undertake this task. Clubs are what makes the BFA and therefore starting to commercialize all clubs will bolster swift transition into the mother body,” said Magagane. The course started yesterday, Monday until Friday, June 14 – 18 for the NFDS before moving to Francistown for the NFDN on 21 – 25th June 2021.

Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting

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