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Former Botswana National Referee Malepa Passes Away

Botswana football has been thrown into a state of mourning following the death of former FIFA accredited referee and instructor, Israel Malepa, who passed away on Monday, 15 February 2021. He was 49.

Malepa served football diligently, over the years, having officiated both locally and internationally. As a FIFA accredited referee from 2002 until 2009, he is fondly remembered for undergoing several football assignments at the FIFA, CAF and COSAFA stages. Malepa was elected Botswana Premier League (BPL) referee of the year in 2006.

He also served as a Referees Technical Instructor (FUTURO III instructor) and Referee Assessor (Elite assessor) respectively from 2009 until his untimely demise.

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) sends sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Malepa family, the football fraternity and the nation at large. May his soul rest in eternal peace. #RIPMalepa #WeAreBFA



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.

β€œThe 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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