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FIFA fund BFA’s P4 million project

Due to weather conditions and the severe drought that hit the country, Lekidi football field became a challenge to maintain. The drought led to water restrictions and which affected the grass and rendered the ground unusable. TODAY, This is all about to change courtesy of FIFA Forward Development Program under the new leadership of FIFA, President Gianni Infantino.

From TODAY, BFA will start the transformation of the grass Lekidi football. The project is to revive our old playing natural turf field, which was also a FIFA grant, into an artificial ground. This Project is also a grant from FIFA, and the 4th FIFA funded project for BFA worth about Pula 4 million.

The Technical Team will now be fully engaged as  BFA will come alive with football activities such as grassroots and youth development programs for both boys and girls.  BFA welcomes the FIFA’s help in turning Lekidi Technical Centre into a centre of excellence that it is intended to be.

“Today, September 26th 2017, will mark the start of work on the pitch and we expect our contracted company Artificial Grass Africa to deliver the project in the next latest in January 2018 but should be completed in December 2017, ” said Tumo Mpatane, spokesperson of BFA.

He said this project will empower the locals and create jobs for Batswana, stating that 75% of the employees will come from Botswana.

BFA hopes spread such projects in the future to across the country and the  four blocks of the Association. 



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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