With the Botswana Football Association (BFA) elective congress fast approaching reputed businessman Maclean Letshwiti has thrown his name in the hat to challenge Tebogo Sebego for the BFA presidency. A lobby group that seeks to see Sebego and his friends thrown out of the top management of local football have head hunted and persuaded Letshwiti to run for the presidency. The congress is set for July 30, 2016. A spokesperson hired to speak on behalf of Letshwiti Kabelo Brown said people who approached Letshwiti are currently in a vetting process to identify other suitable candidates. Brown said even Letshwiti himself went through the same process though he was headhunted. Letshwiti, a renowned businessman and football enthusiast, has indicated that his candidacy is driven largely by the need to revitalise local football which has over the few years been characterised by infighting.
“I have been for many years involved in football development in Botswana. I have made it my personal mission to ensure the success of football and its integrity, and it is with this backdrop that I take a step forward and raise my hand to be elected as president of the BFA,” said Letshwiti. He said he has been concerned by recent events that have dogged Botswana football in its league competitions. “It has been a largely challenging few years for football in our country; I have looked in with concern that the name of the sport is being dragged in the mud in both the premier and lower leagues. There is need for strong leadership at this moment to hold the footballing fraternity together and redefine its image amongst fans, sponsors and other stakeholders,” he said. For his campaign Letshwiti will be focused areas including; adherence to BFA constitution and related policies; A stable and accountable administration; Development of a comprehensive Financial Regulations; Timely Resolution of Issues including the long outstanding issue of Constituency Tournaments; Youth Development as the core function of the FA and a Primary Strategy for effective competition at international level; and Women football development.
Some football lovers feel the current chaos in local football have created an opportunity for Sebego to be defeated. They feel that Sebego has not done much to grow local football something that might work against him in July. Sebego, who also declared his intentions of contesting for the second term, does not seem concerned about this competition. Brown believes that Letshwiti is the right man for BFA presidency, saying he has the leadership qualities and also love football. He pointed out that the position needs someone who has the background and tenacity to tackle the challenges that face a large organisation such as the BFA and Letshwiti is that man. Letshwiti is a respected entrepreneur whose expertise spans business management, commercial and industrial development, and project appraisal and monitoring. While some feel he is only identifying problems and not providing the solutions Brown said they are working on a manifesto that will outline everything. “Right now we are just making an introduction of the candidate. We are working on the manifesto which is expected to be completed this weekend,” he explained. Efforts to reach Sebego for comment were unsuccessful as he could not return the questionnaire this publication sent him before print time.