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CAF work won’t affect my BFA tenure – Letshwiti

President of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) MacLean Letshwiti has said his election into the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee will not affect his tenure at Lekidi.

This comes after some observers raised doubts on whether he will manage to fully execute his campaign promises with the CAF job on the back of his mind.

Letshwiti together with his team led by Patrice Motsepe, has been elected to head CAF until 2024. He hopes that his tenure at Africa’s football headquarters will benefit Botswana more especially given Botswanas ambition of hosting Africa Cup of Nations.

“This is not a full time job as some people suggest, it won’t even affect my BFA duties. This is more of a board role, we will be attending to issues and meetings as and when there is need, said the outspoken BFA President on Wednesday when addressing members of the media.

I have a team around me that we work hand in hand to continue to take Botswana football forward. We are just waiting for the green light from relevant authorities and we will be back at the playing field.
According to Letshwiti, he will continue to give the local game the attention it deserves as that is where he will be judged on his overall performance.

“The COVID situation has affected almost all sectors but we are confident that the people (sponsors) that weve been talking to will come on board and in two or three weeks. The Botswana Football league will give a detailed report on the return to play. Everything on our side has been going well and we hope to start as soon as were given the go ahead,” continued Letshwiti who amassed 31 votes to secure a seat at the exco of CAF.

His words were last cited by the Minister of Youth Empowerment Sports and Culture development, Tumiso Rakgare, when he visited the Zebras camp where he promised players that the league will be allowed to kick off end of March.

“We had asked the BFA to hold on until end of March due to high cases of the virus and we believe that from next month they can return as there won’t be any reason to stop them. We also continue to help them to talk to sponsors and we are hopeful that despite the coronavirus effects, sponsors will come on board, said Rakgare.

Letshwiti has promised that the sponsor coming on board will be an improved sponsorship package and has revealed that they continue to engage the Department of Broadcasting Services for television rights.

DBS are rumoured to be favourites to clinch the TV rights deal as the much awaited return to football seems close by.

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