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BFA Sends Condolences to Family of Bhamjee

We have received the news with shock of the death of Mr. Ishmael Bhamjee who passed on today (Friday) midday. Mr. Bhamjee will be laid to rest later today.

He served as the BFA president from 1991 to 1995 and 1997 to 2000. Mr. Bhamjee was also COSAFA President, CAF Executive member, as well as FIFA Executive member.

During his days, the late Bhamjee also helped the South African FA to get their act back together after the apartheid boycott. He is also a former FIFA referee.

Outside football, in the 90s, the Botswana Badminton Association (BBA) was formed under the chairmanship of Ishmael Bhamjee. BBA is affiliated to BNSC, Africa Badminton  Federation and the International Badminton Federation.

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) wishes to express its condolences to the bereaved Bhamjee family and the entire football family of Botswana.

The death of Mr. Ishmael Bhamjee is a great loss to African Football. Please, accept once again our heartfelt condolences.

Yours faithfully,

Botswana Football Association

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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.

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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