Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Letshwiti dreams CAF Presidency

Botswana Football Association (BFA) president Maclean Letshwiti is aspiring to lead the continental football mother body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in the future. The business magnate revealed his intentions following the imminent CAF elective general assembly slated for March 2021 in Rabat, Morocco.

With the presidential elections billed for next year, CAF released timeline of events leading to the elections and interested individual’s deadline for submission of their candidature is on the 12th November 2020.

As it stands, 46 of the 54 CAF member associations are reported to have written a letter to CAF president Ahmad Ahmad requesting him to run for a second four-year term in office.

However, Botswana is among the eight nations that were not bothered by the support letter written to the CAF president seeking him to run for the second term in office.

Other nations that are amongst the eight are South Africa, Zimbabwe, Algeria, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Uganda.

Letshwiti remained at ease narrating there is nothing wrong with BFA not supporting any candidature thus far as they might be running for the top post

In an interview with Sunday Standard, Letshwiti said the deadline of nominations is two weeks ahead and they are not under any pressure.

“We are not yet at a point of supporting anyone and cannot comment much on the matter until we know the candidates. It is not wrong for us to not have been part of the support letter sent to Ahmad as every association has its own reasons of doing things,’’ Letshwiti told Sunday Standard.

He said at this stage anything is possible as he might be one of the presidential candidates of the CAF sought after position.

“It is still open now and I might as well put my name for the presidential contest but we are having a meeting next week and the CAF elective congress will be discussed on the table with the association top brass,’’ said Letshwiti.

While Ahmad confirmed his intention of challenging for a second term this week, president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick is also reported to be a potential rival that could give 60-year-old Madagascan a run in the race for the CAF top post.

The former CAF vice president is said to have hinted his intentions of running for the post last month but Ahmad remains unfazed by any challenge.

Another aspirant includes FIFA council member Tarek Bouchamaoui who announced his presidential run in a letter reported to have been written to the Tunisian Football Federation (TFF).

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