Tuesday Aug 14, 2018. 14:00
Former Botswana president Lieutenant General Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama has praised 'forward-looking' Botswana Football Association (BFA).
Khama, who served as the fourth President of the Republic of Botswana from 1 April 2008 to 1 April 2018, is the Patron of the BFA.
The 65-year-old football fanatic attended the recent 2018 BFA Annual General Assembly.
"The reality we face today is that the achievement of national teams is very much linked to the proper structures that promote Youth Development. We need to emphasise a linear integration from grassroots right up to elite to significantly build strong national leagues and ultimately national teams that will compete regionally, continentally and internationally.
"A forward-looking Botswana Football Association has crafted an ambitious Youth Development Programme to change the landscape of football in Botswana. This requires self-determination and sacrifices for this noble course to be achieved."
"Some, no doubt, may have quibbled about this ambitious yet achievable vision of Youth Development and about what in fact constituted a viable idea to embark on. Today, nations large and small value and embrace youth development as a cornerstone to achieving in competitions staged by COSAFA, CAF, and FIFA.
"I have learned with pleasure that Botswana Youth Development Programme has earned many accolades with FIFA and it was beamed at the 2018 FIFA congress in Russia as the best practice for others to emulate."
"BFA cooperation agreements with Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund (DOSB) through Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) for coach education and talent identification will complement well with the world-class football academy that I am informed is in the pipeline," Khama said on his keynote address.