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FRAFA, FCTVE and MYSC launch referees training course

Francistown Regional Football Association (FRAFA) in collaboration with Francistown College of Technical & Vocational Training Education (FCTVE) and North East District MYSC Office today launched a week-long referees training course. The course will be a host to a cohort of 60 trainees.

The course is attended by sport and recreation students from the college and North East District MYSC volunteer officials. The training is conducted by FIFA Accredited Referees Instructor Ms Julia Bolokanang Lekgowe from Selibe Phikwe Region. This course will help curb the issues of shortage of match officials, as well as empower young and upcoming officials in football.

In his welcome remarks, the Principal Mr Asalepele Tobedza expressed gratitude to FRAFA and BFA for an opportunity to work together to develop sport in the region.

“As a training institution it is such partnerships that complement our theory inclined training through realistic situation which aide the holistic development of the learner and prepare them for the real world,” said Tobedza.

He further encouraged the trainees to maximize fully the opportunity accorded to them so that they can reach greater heights to become renowned match officials who can be called up for big stage competitions such as AFCON and World Cup Games.

FRARA Chairperson Mr Maokaneng Bontshetse indicated that the FRAFA partnership will go a long way in developing football as it will bring to light many more trainings that are aimed at developing football. Mr Bontshetse urged the participants to build upon this foundation to reach greateer heights. He says that FRAFA will sign a memorandum of understanding to cement their relationship and will be launched with the league sponsors soon.

In attendance was Mr Mpofu who is also an Instructor and Referees Assessor. The course is expected to end on Friday and attendants will be awarded certification and will further be allocated some of the matches in FRAFA Division 1, Division Two and Women’s Football games.

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Magang to attend Women in Football Leadership Programme

Since the approval of the FIFA reforms by the Extraordinary FIFA Congress in February 2016, FIFA has placed great emphasis on bringing more women into football’s decision-making bodies, as evidenced by the increased presence of women on the FIFA Council, FIFA
Standing Committees, FIFA Management Board, as well as in the wider FIFA administration.

The success of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 has further raised the awareness of women’s football and its unique qualities, both on and off the pitch, including the positive impact the game has on girls and women around the world.

Following these successes of women’s national teams, the Botswana Football Association is delighted to inform the media and public that FIFA has invited National Executive Committee members Mrs Tsoseletso Magang to the second edition of the Women in Football Leadership Programme. This workshop reinforces Botswana’s as well as FIFA’s commitment to increase women’s participation in senior decision-making positions within football.

Mrs Magang’s participation in the programme will prove to be of great importance to advance women’s football in Botswana. She will be provided with the opportunity to grow as a leader in football in a multicultural and international environment.

Good progress has been made in women’s in recent times but the Football Association believes there is still a long way to go and more efforts are required. Mrs Tsoseletso Magang will be heading to Switzerland to attend the 2019 Women in Leadership program from 18th-22ndNovember 2019

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