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Braun: We all believe in the power of sports to change life

Yesterday we saw the official launch of the new cooperation between Botswana and Germany, more specifically the long-term project of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB). The goal of the DOSB project is to develop sports, especially football with main focus on coach education, talent identification and development of structure in both men and women football.

The DOSB project will reignite and strengthens the relationship between Germany and Botswana. It will also improve cooperation in the field of sports specifically football. The project is led by Dr Carolin Braun.

When speaking at Lekidi Auditorium yesterday morning, Dr Braun said the passion of sports is what brings people together, especially football.
“We all believe in the power of sports to change life. And many of us have experienced it all over the world,” said Dr Braun.

She said DOSB believe in the power of sports to have an impact on a personal, community and societal level.

“Sports has the power to bring people together independent of their background, language, gender, class or ability. On the pitch all players are on an equal playing field, “continued Dr Braun.

Braun warned that it’s not only about the most talented players and the score and movements, but also about education on and off the field. It’s about instilling values such as respect, tolerance, fair play and teamwork. She said children should be taught life skills so as to give them self esteem and voice.

Braun, who arrived in Botswana in the middle of February this year, says she was amazed by people’s passion and hard work, all in the improvement of football.

“I see coaches who are spending money from their pockets to realise the transport of players to training sessions. I see players, for example when I was with young girls in Francistown, playing in socks, or even barefoot on stony ground, ” acknowledged Dr Braun.

She said she was also impressed by BFA which is trying to achieve and expand the goals of their development with the help of different organisations all over the world such as FIFA or the DOSB.

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Diamond Zebras & Young Zebras to play friendly matches

Botswana Junior National Teams under-17 (Diamond Zebras) and the under-20 (Young Zebras) will this weekend of 23rd – 25th August 2019 report to camp. The two teams will play friendly matches against Eswatini U17 & U20 boys on the 24th and 25th August 2019.

The games will be used to give the two teams international match practice. For his part, Diamond Zebras coach Tebogo Mokute says his charges will benefit greatly from the games as they have worked on different approaches and tactics in recent months and he is positive the team understands his vision.

Mokute will lead the Diamond Zebras to the 2019 COSAFA championships to be staged in Malawi from the 25th September to the 5th October 2019. The under-20 team under the tutelage of Raizor Tsatsilebe will find the games important as they have also started preparations for the 2019 COSAFA championship scheduled for December 2019 in Zambia.

Eswatini is expected to arrive in Botswana on Friday evening with games set to be played at Lekidi grounds. On Saturday 1600hrs and 0900hrs kick off on Sunday morning before the boys from the Kingdom of Eswatini return home.

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