Botswana Tertiary Student Sports Association (BOTESSA) has roped in a new president; Keorapetse Setlhare following a special general assembly in Gaborone last week. BOTESSA presented the new members of the executive committee at a press briefing on Thursday where the leadership also shared their targets for the year 2019.
As per the BOTESSA Constitution the president cannot be co-opted into the committee, he can only be elected by the general assembly. However Setlhare was voted into the position unopposed after his closest rival Jomo Moalosi was vetted out of contest during the vetting process by the BOTESSA’S Electoral Committee which found out some irregularities in his profile. Setlhare has been the acting president following the resignation of the then president Herbert Letsebe in November last year.
The affiliates have also co-opted into the executive committee Tebogo Kgari from Palapye Technical College who filled in the Vice president-technical position which was left vacant by Setlhare.
Vice president-administration position was also left empty after Monkagedi Keakile resigned the position to go and study abroad and has now been assumed by Mopati Molefhe of Botswana Police College.
Also Thokgamo Nyathi has been appointed as the new association treasurer. Nyathi has served in the past three previous committees and hence brings in vast experience that is going to be of great use to the federation.
According to Setlhare, the committee has already set their priorities for 2019.
“For us to be successful we have to be clean. As the leadership we are going to work hard to be transparent in what we do such that we attract more sponsors. Our main priority is to clear our debts; it is not a secret that we have some arrears from CUCSA games. We have also taken a decision to add boxing and swimming to the list of our sporting codes as well as to increase our membership. As of now we are going to run coaching clinics for boxing and swimming such that we introduce them to our activities and have the right personnel who will help with those codes. You should know that BOTESSA is made up of tertiary institutions but brigades are not part of us; they have their own association so our target is to bring them in to be part of us,” explained Setlhare.
Setlhare said they are going to make sure that they train their officials in administration and technical areas as well as to increase their participation in international games. “We have signed memorandum of agreement with Botswana Football Association so since we are not an awarding body we are going to engage them (BFA) such that we run referee and coaches courses for our officials. For a very long time we have struggled with having umpires during our games .I can assure you that this year we are going to take part in Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU )and Federation of Africa University Sports (FASU) games in Italy. In addition to that we have taken the full membership of FASU from University of Botswana because for many years we have been failing to attend the games due to financial constraints.”