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BFA Calendar Events 2017, Part 1

BFA is pleased to released its calendar of events for the year 2017 to the public. This is the first part, which focuses on the month of July, August and September. See events below;

JULY
01 – 02: Zonal Top 4 – Senior schools
01 – 09: CAF Champions League & Confederations Cup – MD 5
03 – 08: S.O.E. Coaches Induction Course
03 – 08: Administration & Management Course
07 – 09: Attend BOPSSA Regional Ball sports Finals
14 – 29: School of Excellence
14 – 16: U20 International friendly game (Boys & Girls)
14 – 23: CAF CHAN 2019 Qualifiers
?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ??: Preliminary Refereeing Course for young referees – Northern Block (Francistown)
?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ??: Re Ba Bona Ha Launch in Lobatse, Mahalapye & Francistown
?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ??: FIFA Grassroots
17 – 23: Attend BOPSSA Ball Sports Finals
23 – 25: Attend BISA Finals – Junior Schools (U15; U17)
28 – 30: Attend BISA finals – Senior Schools

AUGUST
(T B C): Attend COSSASA Ball Games
04 – 06: U15 & U17 Weekend Training Camp
10 – 13: FOUR nations Tournament (U15 & U17 Boys & Girls)
13 – 27: CAF ‘B’ Licence
13 – 19: Administration & Management Course
11 – 20: CAF CHAN 2019 Qualifiers
28 – 31: CAF AFRICAN WC Qualifiers/FIFA International Friendly Game
?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ??: Preliminary Refereeing Course for Women in Gaborone
?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ??: Preliminary Refereeing Course for Southern Block (Gaborone)
?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ??: Youth Coaching Referesher Course – Preliminary – South Centres
?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ??: FIFA National Football Administration and Management Course
?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ??: CAF B License Course
21 – 26: Grassroots Course &festival
25 – 27: CSE Weekend Training Camp

SEPTEMBER
01 – 05: CAF AFRICAN WC Qualifiers/FIFA International Friendly Game
03 – 17: CAF ‘B’ Licence
03 – 10: BFA Preliminary Coaching Course
11 – 16: Grassroots Course &festival
11 – 16: Administration & Management Course
08 – 17: CAF Champions League & Confederations Cup Quarter Finals
29 – 30: CAF Champions League & Confederations Cup 1/2 Finals
?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ??: 51st Independence Day Celebration International friendly
?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ??: Referees Committee Meeting in Gaborone
?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ??: Intermediate Refereeing Course for Eastern Block
?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ??: Grass Roots – North & South Blocks
?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ??: Youth Coaching Referesher Course – Preliminary – North Centres
?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?????? ??: Corporate Social Responsibility – Gaborone Women Prison

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BFA President Letshwiti urges regional FAs to become more professional

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) President, MacLean Letshwiti today (Friday) officially closed the 5-day FIFA approved and funded programme dubbed Administration and Management Course for the Gaborone City Regional Football Association, held under the theme ‘Operation Time for Change’ at Tlotlo Conference Centre in Gaborone.
 
A welcome and refreshing undertaking, the programme, which opened on Monday, April 12th – 16th, was intended to achieve a renewal in terms of how football is managed at all levels throughout the country, facilitated by FIFA instructor and consultant, Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting.
 
The objectives of the programme included the empowerment of leaders, both Regional Structures and Clubs, on the management of the game; engaging participants on the importance of Stakeholder management, as well as identifying for further training prospective national course instructors in Administration and Management, with a view that once qualified, they will continue to train up and coming Administrators in the Regions on football administration.

Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consultancy

 
In his remarks, the BFA President said the programme has seen more than 500 participants across the country benefiting at a cost over P4 million courtesy of football’s world governing body, FIFA.
 
“I am delighted to see that our regions participated in this programme with large numbers, and they have also shown willingness and strong commitment to learn fittingly. For us to run professional leagues, and independent regional associations, we must equip our personnel with the right courses that enable them to be professional and act along the FIFA standards and statutes. The BFA will under my leadership be a frontrunner in improving the standards of football both administratively and in the field,” said Letshwiti.
 
Letshwiti noted that Botswana was one of the first countries to benefit from the FIFA Operation Time for Change project, saying this goes to show the level of commitment the local FA has for the growth of the sport.

Gaborone Regional Football Association Chairperson Tsheko

 
The project, which was facilitated by FIFA instructor and consultant, Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting ranged from governance, technical, sponsorship, fan base management, financial management and competitions amongst others.
 
“There is a lot of hope as the Gaborone region is in the capital city where the headquarters are. I am also happy that the region now has an office, and this is where all the 49 teams in the Gaborone region can go get serviced. After this weeklong engagement, the region has assured me that they will bring about the much-needed change of how they have been running their matters including sub-constitution from the parent constitution to give the chairman powers to run the region professionally. This is the biggest investment the FA has made, and it has to be put into practice. If all the stakeholders can all pull in the same direction, the BFA can be one of the strongest FAs at FIFA level,” said Mamelodi in his closing remarks.
 
For his part, the Gaborone regional FA, Vice Chairperson, Thapelo Mothusi said as the region they are grateful for all the lessons learnt from the Operation Time for Change course. He said all club administrators have been fully equipped with critical lessons to implement at their various clubs.

BFA President Maclean Letshwiti

 
As it was the last day of the course, all participants were tasked with case studies to mimic real football situations, ranging from organizing the play-offs, youth tournaments and event management.
 
Meanwhile, The BFA Technical officer, Tshepo Mphukuthi further assured the delegates that in the upcoming football season, the CAF regulations will be intensified, and teams will have to have coaches with relevant coaching badges to be illegible to coach particularly at CAF competitions.

BFA acting TD Dr Carolin Braun and BFA Chief Protocol Officer Spencer Mmui

 
From Gaborone, the Operation Time for Change programme will head out to the Kgatleng Regional FA, from April 26th – 30th, and call it a wrap in Palapye from 10th – 14th May 2021 with the Central/North Regional FA (Serowe).

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