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Pio Paul Calls in Reinforcements

The National Under-20 Head Coach Keitumetse “Pio” Paul has called up former Maritzberg United Midfielder Gareth Frank Kemp to the young Zebras squad, which is currently in camp preparing for the 2020 COSAFA Under 20 Championships.
Paul highlighted that the team is responding well to his training methods but they needed diversity in the midfield hence he needed to bring in Kemp.
Botswana, has been paired in Group C along with Angola and Swaziland, a group which the coach has described as tricky and unpredictable but manageable.
The 2020 COSAFA Under 20 Championships will run from the 1st December to the 15th December 2020, the Championships will also serve as qualifiers for the Under-20 African Junior Championship with the top two teams qualifying.



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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