Botswana Football Association (BFA) President, Maclean Letshwiti this morning (Tuesday) kick-started a FIFA-forward artificial turf project at Lekidi Football Centre in Gaborone valued at approximately P4m and fully funded by the world football governing body, FIFA. The latest development is the first project to Botswana under the new leadership of FIFA president, Gianni Infantino.
Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony today, Letshwiti said the project comes at the right time to revive the old natural turf field, which was also a FIFA project, a few years ago. “The field proved a challenge to maintain due to the weather conditions in Botswana including severe drought that hit the country, which led to water restrictions being imposed and the grass drying up, which rendered the ground unusable,” said Letshwiti.
Furthermore, Letshwiti added “The technical team will be fully engaged and the BFA will come alive with football activities such as grassroots and youth development programs for boys and girls and thereby helping in supporting the efforts of BFA in turning the Lekidi Technical Centre into a hub of excellence as it was initially intended.”
The P4 million turf revival project is expected to be completed by December and handed in January courtesy of a South African company dubbed Artificial Grass Africa. The company is expected to engage about 75% of the Botswana labour force.