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Local referees drilled on COSAFA futsal – beach soccer

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) refereeing duo of Armstrong Tumelo and Orebotse Kekobang are currently attending a four-day virtual course on officiating beach football courtesy of COSAFA. The online exercise, which started on Tuesday saw participants enduring three hours of coursework daily. The drill will end today, Friday, June 4, 2021.

BFA Referees Manager, Phodiso Jonti Rasetsoga said the training came at the right time as COSAFA is currently planning to introduce beach football into their competitions catalogue, hence they found it fit to educate regional referees.

Rasetshoga said, “Although COSAFA has not come up with the exact dates for staging of this competition, it wants to include it in their competitions in future. The referees are trained on officiating both 5-aside football and beach football,” said Rasetsoga.

One of the participants, Tumelo, who is a Botswana retired referee expressed confidence on gaining all necessary knowledge so he could later become an instructor to other Batswana referees who may want to officiate beach football in the future.

Orebotse Kekobang

Her counterpart, Kekobang is a Motswana female football referee in the 5-aside football category and was also confident that after the four days of training, she will be well equipped to exercise her refereeing duties diligently.

Meanwhile, BFA Youth Development Officer, Odirile China Matlhaku said it is significant for COSAFA to conduct this course, as beach soccer and 5-aside are completely different from general football.

“Futsal 5-aside is completely different from football. It has its own rules. For instance, there are no throw-ins in beach soccer and five aside, and they also use roll-on substitutes, something that does not apply on 11-man football,” added Matlhaku.  

The duo was equipped with all the necessary tools by the BFA at Lekidi Football Centre to undergo their online training.

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GABORONE, Botswana – The Botswana Football Association (BFA) Medical Committee has embarked on the training of compliance officers as per the Return to Play guidelines. The training,  which kicks off today, 24th June with the FRAFA in Francistown will cover all teams in BFA regions being BFL, First Divisions, RFAs leagues as well as the women’s league, and will conclude on July 4 with Tsabong RFA in Tsabong.  

Just recently, the Medical Committee chaired by Dr. Lone Bogwasi hosted a two-day Return to Play workshop aimed at ensuring that a considerable level of set health precautions is always upheld and to support all teams in the BFA structures, making sure they are capacitated, speak one language of ‘hygiene, prevention and prompt recognition’.

“The medical profession and the country will look onto us and football to ensure outmost safety of the players during their engagement in footballing activities. A multi-disciplinary approach is needed in our engagement to ensure a holistic approach to caring for the athlete to enable a conducive environment for them to excel,” said Dr. Lone Bogwasi recently.

The committee further seeks to identify areas of need by the football association as well as develop policies regarding sports medical matters locally, amongst them, aspects of sports medicine, nutrition, psychology, sports science including continuous education and research which are part of the evolving field of football medicine.

The BFA Medical Committee include Mpho Bogopa, Dr. Monkgogi Thakgathi, Aldrin Majaye, Kitso Dlamini, Golekanye Morutwa, Kaelo Kgosieyang, Dr. Mwamba Nsebula, Tshepo Makete and Tiroyaone Otimile, and is chaired by Dr. Lone Bagwasi.

“We wish to inform you that through the Medical Committee, we will be embarking on the training of compliance officers as per the Return to Play guidelines. You are therefore requested to invite one medical personnel from each team in your region to attend the workshop. You are further requested to source venue for the workshop as per the training schedule below,” said the BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone G. Taylor today.

“The trainings will be conducted by members of the BFA Medical Committee. You are therefore requested to liaise with the Office of the General Manager, Football Operations and the Regional Coordinator for purposes of coordination of the workshop,” added Taylor.

TRAINING SCHEDULE – FIRST DIVISION NORTH, EASTERN & NOTHERN BLOCKS

24th June – FRAFA – Francistown

25th June – Selibe- Phikwe RFA – Selibe Phikwe

26th June – Tswapong, CNRFA & CSRFA – Palapye

27 June – Boteti RFA – Letlhakane

29th June – Nhabe – Maun

3rd July – Chobe – Kasane

TRAINING SCHEDULE – FIRST DIVISION SOUTH, WESTERN & SOUTHERN BLOCKS

29th June – Gaborone City RFA – Gaborone

30th June – BFL, 1st Div. South & SERFA – Gaborone

1st July – SORFA – Kanye

2nd July – Kgatleng RFA – Rasesa

2nd July –  Gantsi RFA – Gantsi

3rd July – Kang & Hukuntsi RFAs – Kang

3rd July – Kweneng RFA – Molepolole

4th July – Tsabong RFA – Tsabong

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