Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Letshwiti lays down his clean rules

The newly-elected Botswana Football Association (BFA) National Executive Committee (NEC) members may soon be expected to sign performance-based contracts. That is if things go according to BFA President Maclean Letshwiti’s wishes.

Having observed from the sidelines as the clash of egos within the BFA NEC members threatened to throw the spanner into the works of the BFA executive, Letshwiti has promised to work hard to ensure no such thing happens under his watch.

“One of the things I am going to do differently is that each NEC member will have a performance contract and they will be judged according to that. That will make it easier to manage people and egos,” he said in an interview. 

Coming from the corporate sector, where he manages people, the BFA President now looks to apply the same principles at the BFA. According to Letshwiti, one of the main reasons why organisations fail and members and employees tend to clash more often is a lack of an agreed strategy as well as each group member having a clear and defined role. 

“As NEC, we will have a strategy of developing football and that is what should unite us. The problem why people have egos and differences is because they do not have a common purpose and the leader is not driving them according to that common purpose,” the BFA President explained. He said as he assumes the reins at the local football mother body, his job as a leader is to ensure that the whole BFA works together towards a common purpose. 

Letshwiti said under his stewardship, each member of the NEC would be given a clear role or duty to do and they will be expected to fulfil it. 

He said the BFA NEC interferes with the affairs of the BFA Secretariat and on the other end, the Botswana Premier League Board (BPL) interferes in the affairs of the BPL Secretariat. “That is what caused the problems that befell our football,” Letshwiti explained. Known as a no-nonsense kind of leader, Letshwiti said as he took control at the association, he expected his NEC to work together despite coming from different camps. As he had reiterated throughout his campaign for BFA presidency, Letshwiti still maintains that he will not hesitate to drop from his team people who are not willing to work as a team. “If you do not think alike, then you do not belong in the group. I think it is as simple as that,” he said.

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