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Mokute Ready for the Challenge

The National Under 17 Head Coach Tebogo Mokute says that his charges are ready to fight for the Nation at the upcoming COSAFA Under-17 Championships.

Mokute and his charges have been in camp since the beginning of November and he believes that having the majority of his players familiar with each other will be an advantage.

The gaffer says the team was assembled in 2019 with the intention of building a strong base for the 2020 COSAFA Championship, which also serve as an Africa Junior Championship qualifier.

Tebogo Mokute believes that his team has gained experience over the past year which will allow them to hold their own at the Championships and the region.

The Diamond Zebras are in group B with Zambia, Malawi and Comoros. Mokute believes his team will be no pushovers as they also hubber qualification ambitions.

The Cosafa Under 17 will run from the 19th to the 29 November 2020, the winners and runner ups will qualify for the next under 17 Junior championship.



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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