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COSAFA Cup 2021, Botswana, South Africa, Eswatini and Lesotho in Group A

GABORONE, Botswana – Following the just-ended 2021 COSAFA Cup draw held at the host city Port Elizabeth, South Africa today (Thursday, June 17), the Botswana senior national team, Zebras has been drawn against South Africa, eSwatini and Lesotho in Group A as preparations for the historic 20th edition of the regional showpiece competition kick into gear.

Today’s draw, which was live on COSAFA TV, from 11h00 was conducted by former COSAFA legends, Sipho Ndzuzo, Daine Klate, Frank Schoeman, Elrio van Heerden and Khayalethu Ngangqu during an event held at Southern Sun Marine Hotel in Port Elizabeth, South Africa today.

The 12-team tournament will take place from July 7-18 and returns after the 2020 edition had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Group B is Zambia, Malawi, Madagascar, Comoros while Senegal, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Namibia all form part of Group C.

Reacting to the draw, Zebras assistant coach Letang Kgwengwenyane said, “It’s a good draw, we will select a team that will us represent in two forms, one for the competition and the other for development. We were runners up last time. We had eliminated South Africa, Lesotho and eSwatini knows us. However, we are going there with full respect to all our opponents. This is truly a big one, it’s the 20th edition. The boys’ morale is high ahead of the competition, and we are going to do our best to shine,” said Kgwengwenyane.

The tourney will see all top teams in every group proceeding to the semifinals and the best second placed finisher. This year’s edition has Senegal as a guest nation.

The host province; the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality was represented by MEC Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture Gugulethu Adam, Manager,Sport Development Nelson Mandela Metro: Deputy Mayor Luxolo Namette, Nelson Mandela Metro: MMC (Member of the Mayoral Committee of Sport) Helga van Staden, Nelson Mandela Metro: Director: Sport and Recreation, SAFA EC Chairman, Mzimkhulu Fina, SAFA NMB President: Simpiwe Mkhangelwa, Chairman of Organising Committee: Cosafa Competition, Timothy Shongwe.

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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 β€˜hygiene, prevention and prompt recognition’.

β€œThe 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.

β€œWe 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.

β€œThe 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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