Gaborone — Botswana Football Association (BFA) president, Maclean Letshwiti, says good governance, which encompasses integrity, transparency and accountability is inevitable for football administrators.
Letshwiti said this in his presentation during a COSAFA general meeting in South Africa on Sunday.
COSAFA has two slots in the CAF board and Letshwiti is among those vying for the slots.
He is pitted against Arthur De Almedia Silva of Angola, Feizel Ismael Sidat of Mozambique and Elvis Raja Chetty of Seychelles.
All contestants were given an opportunity to share their visions.
"As it is, we cannot talk about development if you don't have the basics right, we have to do things correctly with good governance at the top of the agenda," he said.
Letshwiti said good financial prudency was the only component that would attract investors to football.
"I am a copy-cat of the current FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, when he got into power most did not have faith in him, but he got basic components of governance right, hence now most believe in him," he said.
Still at the COSAFA meeting, all 14 members endorsed Patrice Motsepe as the CAF presidential candidate.
COSAFA president, Phillip Chiyangwa, said the region was confident that Motsepe would emerge victorious at an elective congress scheduled for March 12 in Morocco.
Meanwhile, Chiyangwa was also quoted by COSAFA saying Motsepe's commitment was obvious and the passion he displayed towards African football could never be questioned.
He said, "We are at a crucial stage for African football which indicated that it required strong and decisive leadership. That is how we will grow the game and provide the future we all want to see for African football."
He said the name Motsepe was synonymous with good governance and integrity, therefore he was the perfect candidate to tackle the challenges faced by African football.
"FIFA resident Infantino often talks of how unity is required in African football to move the game forward and we firmly believe Dr Motsepe can bring that." A press release from COSAFA says Motsepe has built a business empire in the last three decades and is the current owner of South African Premier Soccer League side Mamelodi Sundowns, who were crowned winners of the CAF Champions League in 2016.
Source : BOPA