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BFA and BNSC discuss Safe Return To Play

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) and the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) recently met to discuss the Return To Play Plan, aimed at courting government to allow for the safe return of football under the prevailing covid-19 pandemic.  The virtual meeting took place via Microsoft Teams this past Wednesday, 28th April 2021. 
 
At the meeting the BFA led by Mr. Tico Kamati, made a presentation to the BNSC on how the BFA will return to play and also demonstrated how the resumption of training will be conducted in a phased approach, including how training will be organized in line with the BFA Return to Play Guidelines.
 
This plan covers as well, how Testing will be conducted during training sessions, and on match days to ensure the safety of all against the prevailing circumstances. Furthermore, the BFA presented their case to show that football revenue across the value chain in Botswana sits at about P55 million employing approximately 3, 000 people directly, and 9, 000 indirectly – a relation to how they connect to football activities. The BFA further showed the impact that the covid-19 pandemic has had on the footballing economy and mostly on the physical fitness and mental health of the players. 
 
The BFA highlighted that if football continues to be inactive, the situation will continue to deteriorate with far worse repercussions that will have a great impact on the mental health of the players in the long term. The Botswana FA also highlighted how the return to football will greatly contribute to the resuscitation of complementary industries within the football value chain, among them the media, equipment, infrastructure, accounting services, medical and all other ancillary support services.

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This submission, it is expected, will be taken up by the BNSC for presentation and consideration for approval by Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development  (MYSC), to allow football activities to return to the pitch. The BFA further assures the football community  that it will continue engaging all the relevant structures in its endeavour to return football under a safe and secure environment which will not negatively affect players, supporters, and other stakeholders involved in the game.
 
As alluded to in previous communication, the BFA has and will continue deploying all possible measures which can assist in the safe return of footballing activities. The BFA wishes to reassure its stakeholders that as and when there are new developments in the ongoing discussions with the relevant authorities, such information will be shared with all relevant parties. We wish to urge all football lovers to come together at this difficult time and assist one another by complying to the set covid-19 guidelines.
 
“We remain optimistic that our efforts shall bear fruits in the near future and that football activities will return soon. Let’s continue adhering to all the covid-19 protocols because together we can,” said the BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone G. Taylor.

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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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