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Zebras Reach COSAFA Cup Final

The Zebras made it 2 wins out of 2 in the 2019 COSAFA Cup to advance to the finals. Botswana defeated Lesotho by 2 goals to 1 yesterday at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, Kwazulu Nata, South Africa.

The Zebras scored early through a Joel Mogorosi’s header in the 7th minute of the game. The second goal came before the half time break, through Segolame Boy’s brilliant grass cutter to put Mpote’s boys ahead by 2 goals.

“I’m proud of the boys. It was a game of two halves… It was a good game. We played through the phases, ” said coach Mogomotse Mpote.

Botswana dominated ball position but lapsed in the 80th minute as Lesotho pulled one back, but the Zebras managed to hold them to the final whistle.

Mothusi Cooper scooped the man of the match award. His electric play and crucial assist to Joel Mogorosi for the first goal set the Zebras on their way to the COSAFA Cup 2019 Final, where they will face Zambia.

 

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BFA GRANTS AMROUCHE LEAVE OF ABSENCE

GABORONE, Botswana – Following the request by Senior National Team Coach, Adel Amrouche for leave of absence to attend to a personal matter, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) wishes to inform the public that he has been granted the leave with immediate effect.

Since the COSAFA tournament is the last competitive tournament for the Zebras in the immediate future, the BFA amicably resolved to release Amrouche. The affairs of the National team in preparation for the tournament, set to take place in Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa from 7-18 July 2021 shall be handed over to Letang Kgengwenyane.

“The BFA understands and supports Mr. Amrouche’s situation and wishes him all the best in his future endeavours,” said BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone G. Taylor.

Amrouche took over as the Zebras head coach in August 2019 on a two-year deal. After weeks of engaging with the coach over his future, an agreement was reached not to extend his contract.

Adel Amrouche

“Amrouche has been Zebras head coach since August 2019, and his leadership during that time was important to our successful development and international exposure of our players,” added Taylor.

“We appreciate all that Amrouche has done to build a disciplined team. He has always had a thorough understanding of what it takes to be a successful team and has done his best to mentor his players accordingly,” concluded Taylor.

Amrouche has since expressed gratitude towards the BFA for the opportunity.
“I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity to lead the Zebras over the last two years. I leave having picked up quite a number of valuable lessons that will be necessary in the journey ahead. I wish the Zebras success in future competitions,” Amrouche said in statement recently.

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