Sunday, July 5, 2020

Letsoaka set to dump BFA

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) reckoned fat catch Serame Letsoaka is allegedly on the move for greener pastures.

The former South Africa Football Association (SAFA) Technical Director (TD) was appointed the BFA TD last year in a three-year deal expected to elapse in 2021.

However, rumours are running thick and fast at Lekidi Football Centre, the village housing the BFA that the South African tactician will make a move following mass offers he has been receiving since early 2019.

While ambiguity surrounds following an exceptional start of his career in Botswana, Letsoaka’s alleged move is believed that he has been poached by wealth African heavyweights.

It is also allegedly believed that Letsoaka might earn a position at the football World governing body, FIFA in preparation of the upcoming 2022 FIFA World cup set to be held in Qatar.

With a stretched demand of his services, it is also alleged that CAF were seeking to bring Letsoaka on board with a hope that he works in Egypt. However, Letsoaka is said to have rejected the move with some allegations indicating that FIFA is contemplating on opening major offices in Africa that might attract the likes of experienced Letsoaka.

Speaking to The Sunday Standard, the BFA chief executive officer (CEO) Mfolo Mfolo shied away from commenting on the matter saying that Letsoaka is still under their radar and they are yet to receive anything with regards to his move.

All we know is that Letsoaka is still our employee and has a running contract with the BFA. There is nothing much for us to say as we have never heard anything from him,” shortly said Mfolo.

Since his arrival at the BFA, Letsoaka continues to improve the standard of local coaching in the elite league and has programmes for grassroots mentoring. The former Free State Stars gaffer introduced a standardised coaching requirement in the premiership that only BFA accredited tacticians will be allowed to practice coaching. In his efforts it is required that local coaches must have at least CAF B licence and nothing lower than an A licence for foreign coaches.

Some of Ldetsoaka’s blue print at the BFA include training of 24 local coaches for the CAF A licence, training of instructors within the BFA and FIFA goalkeeper trainers course.

Through his tirelessly efforts to improve local football, Letsoaka once promised that from January 2020, elite league clubs will be required to have under 19 teams in their radar and a mandatory process that will witness clubs registering under 20 players on their roster.

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