The Botswana Football Association (BFA) president Maclean Letshwiti has been elected to sit in CAF and FIFA committees at the just-ended FIFA Congress. Letshwiti, who attended the 67th FIFA Congress in Bahrain, has been elected to FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee and CAF’s Reforms Committee. Speaking to this publication upon his return from the congress, the elated Letshwiti said this is a great day for local football as it will now get better recognition from the world. Letshwiti said the Reforms Committee is new and will be the federation’s think tank. He said the Reforms’ committee will be responsible for doing things better at CAF. Letshwiti further said CAF Reforms Committee will be looking at good governance issues and how to make CAF relevant to the member states. The other thing, according to Letshwiti, which he says is close to his heart, is integrity within the federation. “I believe that for people to stand for elections for any CAF committee position they have to go through integrity test. This will help to bring in qualified people for the positions,” he said.
Letshwiti said at the CAF Reforms committee he will be advocating more for youth development. The BFA president said he wants to see more youth and junior tournaments played in the region to aid development. Player development has always been at Letshwiti’s heart and he is aiming to take the vision to the rest of Africa. He said he was happy that Botswana was used as an example concerning development at the FIFA Congress. He said BFA’s developmental drive has attracted FIFA whose officials are expected in Botswana soon to see how the country is doing. Letshwiti said he is excited that they have now won the inclusiveness fight within CAF. He said now the rest of Africa is represented in the CAF committees unlike in the past where only one region dominated. “We have been fighting for CAF to be all inclusive to the member states as only one region has been dominating,” he said. Letshwiti said that being appointed to these committees did not come by chance or mistake. He believes that since Botswana is rated high in the world in governance and integrity, this influenced his appointment to these committees. “I suppose they looked at Botswana’s stand in governance issues, hence they appointed me to the committees,” said Letshwiti.