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Letshwiti warns Tshekedi

Publishing Date : 08 April, 2019

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

Botswana Football Association (BFA) president Mac Lean Letshwiti, although cagey and modest, has dismissed recurring talks that the association he leads is bleeding from blatant disregard of laid down procedures and maladministration.


The dialogues came to the fore weeks after Minister of Youth Empowerment Sport and Culture Development, Tshekedi Khama summoned BFA leadership to his office over reported back log cases of malpractice and unaccountability. In an interview with WeekendSport, Letshwiti however acknowledged the courtesy call that Minister Tshekedi has made over the weeks to check if there are no governance loose ends at the association. He is, nevertheless, quick to warn that the Minister should be careful not to risk FIFA wrath as government can be deemed to be interfering in the daily running of football.


FIFA is world football governing organization that calls for independence of football federations. Contrary to the Minister’s highly held view, Letshwiti says the association exhausts and follows procedures to the latter when hiring and firing.  He is of the view that his leadership cannot hire personnel basing on friendship.


He argues that everything else that is of high regard has to compete. “The fact that a company is owned by locals does not necessarily mean they automatically qualify for advertised posts.” Letshwiti made reference to the issue that his association is always looking outside when searching for services.


“The process of hiring external individuals followed due process. As you are fully aware, global brands have always engaged external members who are believed to be of value to the organizations. Tendering is there in all aspects of the organization and BFA has followed them,” he said. Letshwiti further acknowledges that part of the funding is from the government and as such transparency is needed from BFA.


When asked about interference from the government, Letshwiti said, “Interference will become an issue once the government becomes involved in the day to day running of the association.” Letshwiti indicated that, “we cannot have the government forcing the BFA to employ their preferred candidates. The lanes are clearly demarcated. Many other countries stand as an example of the dire consequences of the government interference; we cannot allow it to happen in our country as it will be of a great injustice to football.”


When answering a question about the Minister‘s comments on the national team coach advert, Letshwiti observed that “the national team coach must be of the highest caliber to take the team forward in the way we believe it must go. As you are aware, the CAF/ UEFA Pro License is the highest qualification as a coach in Africa and please be informed that CAF are currently implementing the license as we speak.” Letshiwi however refused out rightly to comment on the public back lash and criticism the association has received from Tshekedi.


“I cannot address the minister’s comments through the media as it will be very unethical. Our meetings together are private and confidential until we both agree to divulge information to the public,” he said. Letshwiti was also cagey when asked about his interest to re run for the BFA presidency.  He said the decision will be made by people basing on his administration.  “Whether I seek re-election or not will be decided by the people. The BFA regions know what they want and are better placed to answer that question. The state of Botswana football is clear for everyone to see,” he observed.

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