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Women football managed efficiently can transform lives

FRANCISTOWN, Botswana – The Botswana Football Association (BFA) National Executive Committee (NEC) Women representative, Lobito Ncube has called on the Women National Committee (WNC) to realize the potential women football has in the advancement of football.  

Speaking at the WNC meeting held at Adansonia Hotel in Francistown this past Saturday, Ncube urged the committee to give her adequate support in moving women football forward. Furthermore, Ncube called on the WCN to makewomen football representation present across all regions and structures of the FA. 

The Saturday meeting was the first to be held between WCN and the BFA NEC Women Representative member since efforts to meet in the past did not materialize due to challenges brought about due to Covid-19. 

“We need to robustly work together to enhance the potential in all of our members in the committee to fully function women football. In the past we have had extensive support from FIFA and we need to take advantage of that. FIFA came to Botswana and sat with this same committee where they assisted us with the Women Football Strategy, which gave women football a lifeline,” said Ncube.

Ncube further acknowledged her predecessors for the contribution they have made to women football over the years.

She shared that at the recent NEC engagement, a consensus was reached that women football will be a priority in the FA, giving assurance to WNC’s prowess of developing women football.

National Women Committee chairperson, Itsholeng Disang

“Therefore, it is important that from this meeting we come out stronger and more than ready. It is worth mentioning that, for the past few years in all international competitions for all our national teams and besides the challenges that we are already facing with our local leagues, we have seen women football growing and representing our country very well in international competitions,” highlighted Ncube.

For her part, National Women Committee chairperson, Itsholeng Disang said, “This is an opportunity for us to share information on all important and essential aspects around women football, discuss roles of NWC and that of the members of the committee. We need to make surewe all stand for the girl child and utilize Ncube’s presence in the BFA NEC to foster our growth.”

At the end of the meeting, twelve (12) resolutions which are expected to guide the phase of women football were met;

Resolutions 

  1. Cascade women football strategy to the Block and Regional as well as increase number of regions taking part in women football. 
  2. Increase the number of teams per region participating in women football. 
  3. Strengthen categorized age based youth development teams within women football so to guard against MRI arising issues. 
  4. Accelerate club licensing at women football in line with CAF requirements (currently clubs wishing to participate in the CAF women champions league have to undergo club license which they are not familiar with). 
  5. Encourage competitions amongst women football teams by introducing incentives for top performing teams without leaving the emerging ones behind. 
  6. Structure woman’s Football Competition to develop a clear pathway 
  7. Set standards for women coaches at national team level just as it is done with the male counterparts section, to include better remuneration packages. 
  8. Review the appointment/election of the women football committee to make it relevant to the current demands of women football. 
  9. Solicit for sponsorship specifically for women football. 
  10. Appoint women football sponsorship committee to solely concentrate on women football partnerships 
  11. Train more women football administrators, referees and coaches with clear target and timelines.
  12. Have women teams fully register for FIFA connect.

 

 

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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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