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Resumption of Footballing Activities: 2020-2021 Season

Following the recent uncertainty regarding the status of footballing activities, we wish to state as follows:

1. Botswana Football Association is still in dialogue with relevant authorities regarding the return of football activities. We have since been advised to come up with Return to Play Guidelines which will be used by all stakeholders when we return to play under the current regulations Covid 19 conditions.

2. Under the current Covid-19 regulations from the Botswana National Sports Commission, clubs can continue training so long as they adhere to laid down protocols.

3. That the BFA in collaboration with other stakeholders is in the process of presenting a safe return to play strategy which will address the conditions applicable when hosting matches under the prevailing Covid 19 protocols.

4. That subject to timeous conclusion of the safe return to play strategy, the BFA is desirous of commencing the 2020/2021 football season in March 2021

5. That the current transfer window is still running and the deadline still remains the 12th of February 2021.
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6. The BFA will ensure that the FIFA Covid 19 Relief Funding is used to assist in the safe return to competitive games.

7. That should there be driy changes pertaining to the safe return to play, same will be communicated to structures through the normal communication channel.

8. That Regions, First Division Committee and the Botswana Football League are requested to monitor their clubs to make sure that all comply with the laid down protocols governing training sessions.

9. Structures are requested to inform their affiliates, the contents of this communique.

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BFA GRANTS AMROUCHE LEAVE OF ABSENCE

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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