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BFA Assures Covid-19 Compliance With Players In Camp

The Zebras coach, Adel Amrouche last week called a 30-man provisional squad mainly made of local players in preparation for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier matches against Zimbabwe and Algeria slated for March 2021.

The Botswana national team reported for camp last week, from February 10 until February 20, 2021; and are also expected to have another camp from March 1 until their upcoming AFCON qualifier fixtures against The Warriors of Zimbabwe and The Desert Foxes of Algeria.

Botswana will take on Zimbabwe on the 22nd of March while the fixture for Algeria is scheduled for March 30 in Group H of the AFCON qualifiers.

Currently, The Zebras is in position three (3) with four (4) points, just ahead of Zambia who have three (3) points. Algeria is currently leading the pack with 10 points while Zimbabwe is placed second with five (5) points.
In the midst of the novel Covid-19 pandemic, the BFA has assured members of the public that after testing all players, they will ensure containment of all for the duration of the camp with no interaction with the community.
The BFA Communications Manager, Tumo Mpatane says the national team is the barometer for all football activities thus it is obliged that they set the record straight in ensuring a safe return of football activities across all Botswana leagues.

“We have done this successfully before when national teams played during a no action period and will do the same this year, adding improvements even. It’s important we do the needful to support the national team during these difficult times; so that as a nation and the football fraternity we beat the virus, as we practice methods to return football to full swing.”

“We are confident that coach Amrouche will also find suitable players he desires for his two crucial encounters as we are mathematically in the race to qualify for AFCON 2022,” concluded Mpatane. #WeAreBFA

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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.

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“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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