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CAF Club Licensing Support Mission visits Botswana FA

GABORONE, Botswana, February 22, 2021/ — The Botswana Football Association (BFA) will this week host the Club Licensing Support Mission from the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Visiting the Botswana FA is CAF Club Licensing Senior Manager, Muhammad Sidat accompanied by Kabelo Bosilong – a CAF Club Licensing Instructor from South Africa.

The duo arrived in Botswana yesterday (Sunday, February 21st – February 25th) for a four-day Club Licensing Support Mission, which will involve meeting and having talks with the BFA President, Maclean Letshwiti, the National Executive Committee, Acting CEO, Club Licensing Manager and Committee on day one (Monday).

On day two (Tuesday), Sidat and Bosilong are expected to have a working session with Premier League Clubs and other stakeholders, including a Club Licensing General Session with the media, while day three (Wednesday) will see the duo visiting the national stadium for inspection.

The visit by CAF’s Club Licensing Unit offers a glimmer of hope to BFA’s efforts of wanting to turn the elite local league and other domestic football competitions into commercial and professional setups as required by CAF.  

Sidat commended the BFA for its readiness surrounding the club licensing project, which he said was characterised by their constant calls to CAF in wanting to further understand the regulations and conditions of the project.

“The BFA has requested a support mission to better understanding the implementation and process of club licensing. It is also part of the CAF club licensing unit to provide support to member associations struggling with regulation and proper control of the mechanisms as it is mandatory for all clubs in Africa. This shows the commitment of the BFA in understanding the regulations of club licensing and the effect that it can have in the league and national competitions. As CAF, we are ready to help as Botswana is amongst the frontrunners,” said Sidat. 

Furthermore, Sidat added that, “CAF has approved several new regulations at CAF level, on club licensing online and the BFA is a frontrunner. We are hopeful that the BFA will keep improving and as CAF we will continue to assist from time to time,” said Sidat.

For his part, the BFA President, Maclean Letshwiti said club licensing is very important simply because it speaks to the very heart of professionalism and commercialization of football.

“We’ve actually invited the CAF Club Licensing Manager, just to come and review the processes of club licensing in Botswana. The regulations, the processes, the new changes in club licensing that have been instituted at CAF. The adoption of that, which actually means the updating of the rules and regulations. So really, it’s a health check and support to the BFA to ensure that we adhere to the principles of club licensing in Botswana,” said the Botswana FA President.     

 

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COSAFA and LaLiga Instructors’ Masterclass gets underway

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) Technical Division led by Acting Technical Director, Dr. Carolin Braun today (Wednesday) joined their counterparts from the COSAFA region in a virtual Instructors Masterclass powered by COSAFA in partnership with LaLiga. The BFA participants include Alex Malete, Duncan Tshegofatso, Kaelo Kaelo, Jaqueline Gaboinelwe and Barobi Ngwako.

COSAFA and La Liga seek to improve football in the region with this exciting project where they look to equip regional instructors with training methods, academy structure, player development path, game model and overall, how to make a good instructor.

BFA acting TD Dr. Carolin Braun

The course is a pilot program which kickstarted its first of the two sessions beginning April 21st, 2021 and the second took place today, Wednesday May 5th, 2021.  The BFA Acting Technical Director, Dr. Carolin Braun was today jubilant that all participants from the Botswana FA will be able to harness their skills for the betterment of the BFA development structures.

She further highlighted that the courses come at the right time when the entire football system is regenerating for the future. Dr. Braun was also confident that the BFA has chosen capable individuals who have made a commitment to take the lessons and safeguard the country’s footballing prospects. 

BFA Women development officer, Barobi Ngwako

The first day of the course was manned by Juan Florit – Head of LaLiga Football Projects and Andoni Bombín – Head of Methodology at Athletic Club, while today’s session was led by Saul Vazquez – Football Projects Specialist and Carlos Casal – Football Projects Coordinator, respectively.

 

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