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BFA Referees’ Division undergoes CAF assessors training course

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) Referees’ Division has joined their counterparts from the Confederations of African Football (CAF) and Confederation of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA), by attending a furtherance of a Virtual Masterclass Instructors workshops. The event, dubbed CAF Assessors’ training course is conducted by the COSAFA Referees Manager who is also a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Referees Committee and a FIFA Technical Instructor Felix Tangawarima and Alian Lim Kim Chong for all match officials in the COSAFA region respectively. 

There are five Botswana Technical Instructors who have been selected to undergo the 6-months drill as well as further train for the CAF assessor positions. The five include BFA referees manager, Phodiso Jonti Rasetshoga, the FUTURO 3 trained instructors; namely Dikarabo Ramadubu, Gaontebale Malete, Elijah Masitha and Yvonne Letota respectively. 

The selected joined other regional instructors in producing  teaching material  to be used for the COSAFA referees. The  online course is expected to enhance the knowledge of the instructors as well as help them to have a firm understanding of the game. 

The BFA Referees Manager, Rasetshoga has expressed excitement over the new development, hailing the project as a step in the right direction, as it aims to equip the match officials with the latest regulations that will further improve their match officiating duties and procedures.

 “This course will help us develop as the BFA referees’ department. It will also further help us translate our skills into practice from all the syllabuses we are learning together from our counterparts in the region, its progress we have long wanted, and it has come at the right time when there is no footballing action. The officials will have more time to put this into practice respectively,” said Rasetshoga.

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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.

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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