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Vacancy – Technical Director

Botswana Football Association invites suitably qualified local professionals to apply for the position of TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.

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The position of Technical Director for Botswana Football Association (BFA) is a full-time position which will define and lead the National Technical Programme under the authority of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) and in compliance with the aims, objectives and values of the Federation.

QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Highest Recognised Coaching qualification (CAF/International)
  2. Minimum of Degree in Education / Sports Management and Coaching

EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Qualified with the highest Diploma of coaching diploma available in the country or equivalent or higher International diploma / license.
  2. Must be from a football back ground. Ideally a former player, though not at international level
  3. Must be recognized by CAF and/or FIFA
  4. Proven skills and experience in the implementation and delivery of football development programmes
  5. Credibility and recognition in the football world to command respect among players and coaches
  6. Experience managing high performance programmes with a proven track record in supporting team and squad management at various levels, including the international level
  7. Experience in the leadership of coaches and Coach Education programmes.
  8. Experience in the management of staff to ensure their effective operation, work allocation and discipline
  9. Experience in people management skills with the ability to implement innovative ideas and influence support programmes
  10. Willingness to work irregular hours and travel extensively
  11. Previous experience of working in a multi—stakeholder sports environment and comfortable managing the differing tensions that may prevail

IN ADDITION, THE FOLLOWING WOULD BE AN ADDED ADVANTAGE:

Minimum of 5 years’ experience as:

  • Professional Player
  • Head Coach of a Premier League Team
  • Head Coach of National Youth Teams
  • Head Coach or Assistant Coach of Senior National Team
  • CAF Instructor
  • FIFA Instructor

Should be above the age of 40.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Develop, and implement a clear and thorough Technical Development plan with a Technical Chart aimed at continually promoting and improving the game of football in BFA at all levels from Grassroots to Elite football including youth football, women’s football, futsal and Coaching Education.
  2. Advice the BFA on all matters related to the effective development of football in Botswana and be accountable for the development of a strategy and policy for the performance of football programmes.
  3. Work, advise and support the various Youth National teams and coaches through development programmes in order to enable BFA to attain its goals within CAF and FIFA, including putting in place clear systems and processes for identifying and developing talented players
  4. Ensure that excellent relationships are developed and maintained with all football related stakeholders in order to ensure a cohesive and synergistic approach to the development of football is achieved and maintained
  5. Ensure that the Technical Department is appropriately staffed with suitably qualified individuals who are capable of implementing the agreed programmes thereby ensuring the growth and success of football at all levels
  6. Maintain a close and harmonious working relationship with CAF and FIFA and other major stakeholders including the government of Botswana.
  7. Perform any additional duties and responsibilities as reasonably instructed by the BFA from time to time.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Training and development of coaches including design and updating of coaches manuals, facilitating licensing courses, developing a coaches Code of Conduct, arranging for expert and specialist coaches to deliver training clinics, education on rules of the game and creating and maintaining a library of resources including books, videos and articles for coaches to access
  2. Establish and deliver a comprehensive and nationwide Grassroots programme at both the community level, in schools, and in the schools through clubs through strategic partnerships within the communities and with various Government Ministries and Agencies. Expand the demographics of players with specific emphasis on outreach to underserved communities in the “interior regions”. This must include creation of a “D” license and certification for Grassroots Educators.
  3. Establish and deliver a National Women’s Development plan including training and recommending staff members for National Women’s team coaches at the U-17, U-20 and Senior levels
  4. Define and disseminate a national football philosophy
  5. Establish clear pathways for player development including establishment of a National Talent Identification system identify, train and protect talented young players to ensure their progression from Grassroots to Elite
  6. Research and monitoring of developments in the football world including studying of major competitions, training methods, fitness, philosophies, opportunities for further development of the game and organizing of national seminars to promote technical activities

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

  1. Demonstrated organization and leadership skills with a strong ability to motivate
  2. Proven people management and team building skills in order to build a strong, robust and impactful team
  3. Ability to work under pressure, balancing conflicting demands and tight deadlines
  4. Excellent mediation skills and communication skills to manage inevitable tensions of a high pressure environment
  5. Ability to relate to and influence a wide variety of stakeholders
  6. An international outlook – with multicultural familiarization and sensitivity including the ability to develop contacts and bring international best practices to BFA from the wider football world
  7. A consultative style of decision making which results in clear, thoughtful and timely decisions
  8. Commitment to continuous personal and organizational improvement
  9. Demonstrated qualities, traits and demeanour that are consistent with the BFA’s values and vision

Qualifying candidates should deliver their applications, curriculum vitae and certified copies of certificates and Identity Card to:

The Chief Executive Officer

Botswana Football Association

PO Box 1396

Gaborone

 

Or email to bfa@bfa.co.bw.

Only qualifying candidate/s will be contacted.

Closing date is 19th February 2021

 

For Further information required contact the CEO Office on: Phone: 3900279

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CAF Presidential Hopeful, Dr. Motsepe Sets Out His Road Map

GABORONE, Botswana, February 25, 2021/ — In exactly 15 days, 54 member associations (MA) of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) comprising Botswana Football Association (BFA) are expected to decide on the future of African football at an elective congress slated for March 12th in Rabat, Morocco.

Already 14 member associations including the BFA have endorsed South African businessman and Mamelodi Sundowns President Dr. Patrice Motsepe as their preferred CAF presidential candidate at the just ended Confederation of Southern Africa Football (COSAFA) General Assembly this past weekend in Johannesburg, South Africa

Today (Thursday, 25 February 2021), Dr. Motsepe announced his roadmap during a 2-hour LIVE media conference in Sandton, Johannesburg (RSA.

Speaking publicly for the first time about his desire to lead African football, Motsepe revealed his 10-points Action Plan should he ascend the CAF presidency next month.

Accompanied by COSAFA President, Philip Chiwanga, South African Football Association (SAFA) President Danny Jordaan, RSA Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa and Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairperson, Irvin Khoza in the top table, Motsepe expressed delight at the confidence bestowed on him by these distinguished football titans.

Top on Motsepe’s administration drill will be investing in developing and growing football in each African country and building partnerships and sponsorships with the private sector and other potential partners.

“At the heart of building African football to be the best in the world is investing in the development, growth, global competitiveness and sustainability of football in each African country,” he said adding that, “We will visit each country within 9 to 12 months and we will initiate discussions with the Member Associations’ Presidents and leadership to identify and implement priority development and growth projects and to ensure that football is popular with a growing supporter and TV base in each country and on the African continent and over time around the world.”

Motsepe said there is immediate need to improve the efficiency and professionalism of CAF’s Competitions and its staff.

“We will contribute to improving the efficiency, administration and organization of CAF’s competitions as well as the professionalism and productivity of its staff. We will also put in place medical best practices particularly in the context of Covid-19.”

Furthermore, Motsepe added, “It is also important to significantly increase the prize money of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations and of the top Pan African club competitions. This will contribute to the improvement in the quality of African football, its youth and women’s football academies and infrastructure and increase the African and global fan and TV interest.”

The South African business tycoon also said implementing and adhering to governance and auditing global best practices will guide his presidency.

“We will focus on contributing to building a respected, credible and ethical football governing association in every country in Africa and also focus on contributing to building an equally respected, credible and ethical African continental football governing body – CAF that is transparent and accountable and that implements and adheres to auditing and governance global best practices.”

In his delivery, Motsepe expressed worry at the infrastructure that some CAF members use thus investing in African football infrastructure will be key in his administration.

“We are committed to ensuring that at least one quality national stadium in every country is built, where none currently exists, in accordance with FIFA’s international quality standards and also building at least 200 football pitches.”

Motsepe further assured the media that investing in the youth is the future of African football.

“Building youth football development facilities and infrastructure for boys and girls and promoting school football in as many schools as possible, is important for the growth and long-term success of African football.”

Furthermore, Motsepe said developing and growing women’s football will also be a priority, he outlined that despite the financial, logistical, infrastructure and other challenges, African women’s football shows much promise.

“As was demonstrated during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France when their technical level and goal scoring abilities indicated that they could hold their own against the best women’s teams in the world. There will be extensive consultation and discussions with women’s football participants and stakeholders and a thorough assessment of the prevailing conditions and proposed reforms for African women’s football will be undertaken.”
Motsepe said Protecting the integrity and professionalising refereeing is also key.

“Refereeing is the cornerstone of football worldwide. The integrity, independence and professionalism of referees is crucial for the credibility and success of football in Africa. The elite refereeing programme jointly developed by CAF and FIFA in 2020 will be rolled out within 6 months. This programme will raise refereeing standards and enable regular and complete assessments of the standard of refereeing in Africa,” said Dr. Motsepe.

Motsepe further noted that during his tenure, VAR will be implemented at all CAF senior competitions.

“Each Member Association participating in international and inter-regional competitions should also invest in a light VAR system. Appropriate training and skills for the video assistant referees will be provided.”

Regarding statutory reforms, he said the administration will initiate discussions and consultations within 3 to 6 months to assess and identify the statutory reforms and changes that are essential to improving and strengthening the administrative, managerial, and operational efficiency of CAF, its Member Associations, and the Regional/Zonal Associations and to implement transparency, accountability, and adherence to auditing and governance global best practices.

In conclusion, Motsepe said partnerships with FIFA and other Continental governing bodies will form part of the strategy for mutual growth of football.
“We are committed to building a mutually respectful and beneficial relationship and partnership with FIFA and with all the other Continental Football governing bodies in the world. These relationships and partnerships will be based on advancing the best interests of Africa, CAF and its Member Associations.”

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