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Minister Rakgare lauds the appointment of BFA female CEO, Taylor 

The Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports, and Culture Development (MYSC), Tumiso Rakgare has become the latest figure to commend the Botswana Football Association (BFA) for appointing a woman Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone G. Taylor at the helm of the Botswana FA.

Rakgare made the remarks yesterday (Wednesday) when a delegation from the FA, led by Maclean Letshwiti, President of the BFA paid a courtesy visit to him at the MYSC Headquarters in Gaborone, Botswana.

Rakgare expressed his unwavering support and delight for the stern leadership the BFA has shown towards the empowerment of women in football by making history in appointing Taylor as the first female C.E.O. 

Armed with more than 20 years of corporate and commercial professional experience, and a distinguished track record of identifying the uniqueness of brands, accentuating their appeal, taking them to market, and maximizing their value, Taylor brings a unique set of skills, perspectives, and relationships to lead the BFA into the future.

She presented her decorated resume to Honourable Rakgare who could only nod in consonant. Yesterday’s engagement also saw the BFA using the opportunity to gain the ministry and government’s buy in regarding their quest to return to play as soon as possible.

Minister Rakgare admiring the new Zebras replica, presented by the BFA President Letshwiti

Taylor had accompanied BFA president, Maclean Letshwiti and BFA Vice President 1, Marshlow Motlogelwa in an endeavor to gain buy in from government to allow football to return to play.

Honourable Rakgare said the appointment of the BFA CEO comes at the right time where football is dominated by men in many disciplines such as players, coaches, and administrators among others, adding that a change in the status quo needed to be imposed.

“Many governments and countries are encouraging women leadership in various positions including sports particularly football, hence the appointment has placed the BFA and government in the limelight of a new dawn, we must seize this opportunity and excel more. However, I can assure you that football has many challenges and there will be challenges ahead, please be prepared, be brazen and execute your tasks well. The BFA has in the past experienced lack of good governance and I am hopeful that with your background from the corporate world, your expertise will come in abundance for the FA and help it to commercialize and become professional. Football is a huge industry and it’s also multi-dimensional. You have our full support,” added Rakgare.

BFA CEO, Goabaone Taylor

The minister further assured Taylor that his government through the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) will continue to fund the FA including any other support they may require.

Minister Rakgare was happy that Taylor’s background will help speed up the commercialization of the BFA thus making it to be self-sufficient and less dependent on government.

Furthermore, Honourable Rakgare assured the BFA that he is working around the clock with his team at the ministry to gain buy in from government to return to play as football has a way to unite people and is the most followed recreation in the country, which often encourages unanimity.

“I therefore urge you to work closely with the BFA NEC and the secretariat to bring positive results to all football fans,” concluded Honourable Rakgare.

As a parting shot, the minister also cautioned the new CEO to avoid indulging in the politics of football as they often delay progress of the game.

 

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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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