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All systems go for the Botswana vs Banyana Banyana

It’s all systems go for Tuesday’s (today) friendly international match clash between Botswana women’s senior national team and South Africa’s Banyana Banyana at Wits stadium in Johannesburg at 1500hrs. In a virtual pre-match meeting on Monday evening, match commissioner, Jacqueline Gertse said it is extremely important to follow all protocols and urged all the teams to exercise caution at all times whilst observing strict adherence to COVID-19 best practices.
“It’s important that the teams leave their hotels to the stadium on time to avoid traffic inconveniences or any other unforeseen delays. I would also like to caution you that we are still in and reeling from the remnants of the COVID-19 pandemic, so we should always maintain the wearing of masks at all times,” said Gertse.

Coach Gaolethoo Nkutlwisang

For their part, doctors from both the teams recommended that there must be water breaks in between the game as the match is being played under hot temperatures, simply because players are participating in their first games of the year.
Meanwhile, the Botswana Head of Delegation (HOD), Lobito Ncube said the trip to South Africa has been good thus far, adding that, all that is left is for her players to apply themselves and give out their best.
“The team has now settled and is ready for action. From the technical team, they are all happy with the pitch, even though they said it’s small, however, it’s the perimeters they are aware of, we are ready to give a competitive match and use the friendly as is needed for. We are preparing for the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers, so we need a really good account of ourselves,” said Ncube.

Goalkeepers at training

This is the first game of the year for the Botswana ladies while their counterparts are playing their second after their recent win against Tokyo Olympics-bound, Zambia over the weekend. On the pitch, South Africa’s Banyana Banyana will wear all yellow while the visiting Botswana team will wear blue shirts, black shorts and black socks.
The game will be televised (LIVE) on South African Broadcasting Corporation Channel 1 (SABC1) and will start at 3pm.



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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