Blatter to visit Botswana next month

Gaborone (Botswana), Jan 24: Botswana Football Association (BFA) confirmed that world football governing body FIFA president Sepp Joseph Blatter will be in the country for a three-day visit from Feb 9.

Tariq Babitsheng, acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BFA, confirmed Blatter’s second visit to the diamond rich nation after his first trip in a decade, reports Xinhua.

The last time Blatter visited Botswana was way back in 2002 when he met Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.

Describing Blatter’s impending visit to Botswana early next month, Babitsheng said the trip was a gesture for Botswana football.

“Blatter’s visit to Botswana comes at the right time to meet BFA leader Tebogo Sebego. This is a big gesture for us as an association and nation. It is not every day that you get a visit from the FIFA president more so considering that Sepp Blatter has more to do for football and we hope to benefit from his visit,” Babitsheng said.

He added that it will be an opportunity for the BFA to hold discussions with FIFA’s top management.

“The one on one meeting will be used to tell the FIFA boss where we are and where we want to take football with their support. Although the visit is merely a courtesy call on the BFA we will ensure that he meets president Ian Khama and minister of sport Shaw Kgathi,” said Babitseng.

“We want the government to also attend the meeting because support from them and FIFA is crucial for the development of football. This will also give him an opportunity to talk to government about FIFA’s plans,” he said.

Babitseng added that they will highlight various challenges that the BFA is faced with so that FIFA can help them in the development of football.

According to Babitseng, the visit by Blatter is also a positive development that will go a long way in the development of local football.

IANS