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Mamelodi calls for one vision view of Botswana FA

GABORONE, Botswana – FIFA instructor and consultant, Ashford Mamelodi has lauded the Botswana Football Association (BFA) National Executive Committee (NEC) for hosting a successful induction over the weekend, saying this aligns with the FA’s vision of being a self-sustaining organisation of excellence.

In a post event interview, Mamelodi praised the weekend’s induction as a success saying it accorded both the NEC and the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone G. Taylor a chance to introspect, and discuss important roles while emphasising protocols for a conducive working environment.

BFA CEO Goabaone Taylor

“It was heartwarming to see all those who attended the meeting having a one vision view towards the goal of protecting and promoting a culture of accountability, responsibility with a clear mandate. This truly aligns with the FA’s values of promoting fair play, caring and respect for membership rights as well as transparency.,” said Mamelodi in retrospect.

He further said, induction of the Board is a typical occurrence especially after each election so that those that have been elected understand their roles and responsibilities, and are aligned to the mandate of the BFA to ensure accountable leadership.

“The standing committees are largely the thinking tanks of the FA, so they need to be active so that they can influence the strategic direction of the FA,” added Mamelodi.

From left to right – Minister Rakgare (sleeveless jacket) with BFA CEO Taylor, BFA VP1 Motlogelwa and BFA President Letshwiti

The induction, he added, focused on three components which include international best practice of developing  football, declaration of interest, how the Board can monitor its performance roles as well as building formidable cohesion between the BFA NEC and Secretariat.

“The induction was primarily to agree new ways of doing work to ensure and efficient and effective Board that will work in the best interest of the FA. The BFA has recently hired a new CEO and it was important to ensure a level playing filled for good governance of a sports organisation.

Furthermore, Mamelodi emphasised to the BFA NEC that, for the Secretariat to reach its goals, the standing committees need to be steadfast and active all their respective roles.

“Communication is fundamental in a professionalised football environment, and as such a strengthened communications desk is vital. A clear communication plan will help alleviate the negative PR as messages about the activities of the FA will be communicated consistently.”

Botswana Football League Chairperson, Aryl Ralebala

Mamelodi who has been conducting the BFA Administration Management Course dubbed Operation Time for Change in all the 17 regions across the country is optimistic that with insights and knowledge bases imparted, the Regional Football Associations (RFAs) are well-equipped to take the FA to the next level through empowered football administrators.

“The feedback has been positive; the Regional Football Associations (RFAs) are even eager to learn more with a follow up course. I must applaud Maclean Letshwiti (BFA President) for advocating that Botswana becomes the first to benefit from this course from FIFA. For the BFA to be a game changer, it’s important that the RFAs are as stronger. The vision of the BFA with the Operation Time for Change is to have knowledgeable representatives in every region so they can impart all the knowledge they have acquired unto other administrators in the future. This is the legacy I’d love to leave behind,” said Mamelodi.


Draw for historic 20th edition of the COSAFA Cup set for Thursday 17th June

The draw for the 2021 COSAFA Cup will be staged in host city Nelson Mandela Bay on Thursday, June 17 as preparations for the historic 20th edition of the regional showpiece competition kick into gear. The 12-team tournament will take place from July 7-18 and returns after the 2020 edition had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The draw will be live on from 11h00, when the fate of the competing teams will be decided.

And there will be plenty of excitement with the addition of west African powerhouse Senegal to the field this year as they make a guest appearance in what is a landmark tournament for COSAFA. The COSAFA Cup has, over the years, launched the careers of a number of top stars from the region and continues to be a major driver of football development on and off the pitch for not just players, but also coaches, match officials and administrators.

The competition will take on a new format for 2021 with the 12 teams split into three groups each containing four teams. This ensures each side will play a minimum of three matches. The top team in each pool, as well as the best second-placed finisher, will advance to the semifinals. There will be no Plate competition.

Zebras will know their opponents on Thursday ahead of the virtual draw

Senegal is the top-ranked side in Africa and sit at number 22 in the world and will make their debut in COSAFA competition. Guest nations from outside the region have, over the years, provided excellent entertainment and a contrast in styles that makes for fascinating viewing. The other 10 sides confirmed so far are no strangers to the COSAFA Cup and include hosts South Africa, defending champions Zambia and record six-time winners Zimbabwe.

Others to have booked their place are Botswana, Comoros Islands, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique and Namibia. The 12th team will be confirmed in the coming days with a number of interested parties. Those who are competing in the group stages of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers that start in September will be eager to use the tournament to fine-tune their preparations for a shot at making the finals in Qatar.

The 19 previous editions of the competition have seen some great performances and incredible games that have been written into the folklore of Southern African football, but only five nations can claim to have lifted the coveted trophy. Zimbabwe (six wins) lead the way, followed by Zambia (five), South Africa (four), Angola (three) and Namibia (one).

Mozambique, Malawi and Botswana have all twice been finalists, but ended up on the losing side on both occasions. Lesotho (2000) are the only other team to reach the decider.   

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