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Use of blue books abolished

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) says following the completion of the electronic registration system, known as the FIFA CONNECT, the use of the manual registration method (Blue Books) has ceased to exist. The Secretariat made the announcement on Tuesday (today), informing all clubs that ownership of players will only be recognized using the electronic system.

“We therefore wish to urge all structures to make sure that all clubs participating in the various leagues (including youth) have registered all their players in the system as that is the only recognizable process/system of registering players for teams taking part in the BFA Competitions,” a communique from the Botswana FA read.

Furthermore, the Secretariat advised all clubs to commence the capturing of data in the FIFA CONNECT system whilst awaiting the commencement of footballing activity.

“It has been noted that most teams, especially women and youth have not yet completed capturing players in the system.”

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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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