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Bounceback program update

Botswana Football Association and EUFA Assist updated the media about the Bounceback program. The BFA is currently working on an action plan with the assist of EUFA to help Botswana football recover from the impact of Covid19, and also prioritise our actions going forward. The update was conducted online using video conferencing.

Four key points were identified;

1). Whatever is done, the safety and security of the people of Botswana must come first. The BFA will work closely with the Ministry for Sport to ensure the appropriate guidelines and protocols are followed.

2). Focus in the short term will be on health and fitness. Whilst we might not be able to return to competitive football quickly, we will engage with players, coaches and clubs and ensure they are working individually to keep fit and to practice their skills.

3). Communication is crucial in crisis and the BFA will work hard to communicate regularly with the stakeholders including the media to ensure there is one message about our plans for the future.

4). The BFA has created an action plan with UEFA Assist and has set up a COVID19 Task Force which will be chaired by Dr Carolin Braun. The Task Force will be made up of many representatives from the game of football in Botswana

These will be the driving force behind our discussions, decisions and recommendations for football recovery in Botswana. The BFA is confident, in working together collaboratively that Botswana football can recover and bounce back stronger from COVID19.

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Preparations going accordingly

Zebras assistant coach Keitumetse Paul says Batswana should not be bothered by Zambia and support their team at this point in time. Paul said the technical team had to strategize on how they will get the team in the shape that is needed ahead of the AFCON qualifier.

Paul, who is also the national under 20 head coach, said he was currently taking charge of the Zebras in the absence of head-coach Adel Amrouche. Amrouche is set to return from Belgium this Friday. Paul highlighted that the head-coach is very much in charge of the team as he gives direction on training session, and is consulted on daily progress.

Paul highlighted the importance of supporting the Zebras. He said the Zebras have the heart and they are fearless as they continue to prepare for Novembers international games.

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