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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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Ditlhokwe signs with SuperSport United

SuperSport United is pleased to announce the signing of Botswana international defender Thatayaone Ditlhokwe from Township Rollers on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

The 21-year-old helped the Gaborone giants to lift the Botswana Premier League in the 2018/19 season and was rewarded with a national team call up.

The Botswana international captain played an important role for his side in the 2019 COSAFA Cup in South Africa, where he helped the Zebras finish 2nd in the tournament losing to Zambia in the final.

Ditlhokwe said,” I am very happy to be here in this great team. The club has won a lot of trophies in the past and I want to be part of that winning environment and I am also looking forward to working with coach Kaitano Tembo. As a former player and current coach of the team, I think I can learn a lot from him and reward him for the faith he has put in signing me.”

Players agent Errol Dicks who confirmed that the player also had formal offers from Europe but chose to come to the PSL as his pathway of choice. Dicks said, “TT had interest from Europe, but he is young and has time on his side and as a first move out the country SuperSport is an ideal platform for him to shine in a team that is not afraid to play young players.”

The President of Township Rollers FC, Mr Jagdish Shah, “We are pleased to have added value to the career of Ditlhokwe, he has been a true role model to all his peers. We at Rollers pride ourselves in not standing in the way of our players furthering their development we take this opportunity to wish TT well in his future career.”

SuperSport CEO Stan Matthews added, “TT is a player we have tracked for some time and we feel he has a really bright future at SuperSport. We have had Botswana players here before like Dipsy Selolawane, Gabonamong, and Ngele and they all made an impact, so we are looking forward to TT helping us to win trophies and maintain a good league campaign.”

Source: SuperSport United

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