Botswana Football Association (BFA) presidential hopeful Maclean Letshwiti says there is no other leader who can restore the association’s integrity other than him. Letshwiti said this on Tuesday when he was making his final presentation to be voted the president of the association in the coming election on Saturday. The seemingly over confident Letshwiti said should he not be voted into office that will be the death of Botswana football. “We are currently mourning the state of our football and if I am not voted as the president on Saturday it will be a complete death of football,” he warned.
Letshwiti took his time to grill current sport administrators, saying they have failed local football and they need to go. The businessman said he is the right man for the post as he will easily bring back the association’s integrity and progress. He said his track record on administration and making things happen speaks for itself. The Mochudi-born businessman said football must be run professionally for it to become a source of income for retired footballers. To achieve this he pointed out that there should be structured developmental programmes to achieve results and growth. Within two months of his election to the presidency, he promised that all the regions will have offices and well qualified personnel.
“Development is very crucial to take our football to another level yet for some time it has been neglected. Successful countries invested a lot in grassroots development before becoming powerhouses. We need to do this as well before we can see ourselves at the world cup,” said Letshwiti. If given the chance Letshwiti said a lot will change at BFA including the prevailing and disturbing infightings that he labelled as defeating progress at the association. He boasted that he does not only talk but walk the talk as evident by his success in the business world. Furthermore, he said he will bring together stakeholders especially investors to football to help grow it even further. Letshwiti will be on Saturday battle it out with rivals Tebogo Sebego and Solomon Mantswe for BFA’s top office.