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BFA President appeals for prayers for the Gumare disaster

Yesterday, our football family was hit by tragedy that has left us mourning. Six players of Gumare United football team that was travelling to Sehithwa for a constituency football game lost their lives in a car accident. The accident happened in Tsao, a village between Gumare and Sehithwa.

The news of the loss of the six players has been a heavy blow and substantial loss to BFA. The six players were among the self-determined players eager to sharpen their football skills to eventually be counted among a pool of the nation’s surplus of polished players awaiting a call for elite football.

While the constituency league is not part of mainstream football, all of us belong to one big football family. The BFA office has set out to secure all information relating to the accident and will continuously share with you all.

I call upon all of us within the football family to provide a shoulder for the respective families of the deceased as well as the hospitalised to lean on during this tough time. May the souls of the departed rest in eternal peace.

With deepest sympathy,
BFA President, Maclean Letshwiti

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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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