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Medical Committee hosts best practice safely returning to play workshop

GABORONE, Botswana – The Botswana Football Association (BFA) Medical Committee over the weekend hosted a two-day Return to Play workshop where an expert panel discussed their day-to-day experiences of dealing with the challenges related to Covid-19, including their level of preparedness in the high-performance sport environment.
The seminar held on Friday and Saturday at Lekidi Football Centre in Gaborone was 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 committee, which is chaired by Dr. Lone Bogwasi, include Mpho Bogopa, Dr. Monkgogi Thakgathi, Aldrin Majaye, Kitso Dlamini, Golekanye Morutwa, Kaelo Kgosieyang, Dr. Mwamba Nsebula, Tshepo Makete and Tiroyaone Otimile.
Furthermore, the committee sought to identify areas of need by the football association as well as develop policies regarding sports medical matters locally.
This entails aspects of sports medicine, nutrition, psychology, sports science including continuous education and research which are part of the evolving field of football medicine.
The policy development will be done over the next three (3) months and handed over to the BFA National Executive Committee (NEC) for endorsement, implementation and roll out to the various structures of the FA.
“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 when addressing the workshop. From Gaborone, the training will be rolled out to all BFA Regional structures across the COVID-19 zones. This is expected to be done over a period of 2-3 weeks.
“The training will cover all teams in those regions being BFL, First Divisions, RFAs leagues as well as the women’s league.”



Zebras interim head coach Mogomotsi Mpote named his final 23 man squad for the 2022 COSAFA championship. The tournament is expected to kick start from the 5th July to the 17th of July 2022 at Durban, South Africa.

Mpote has named a squad with an average age of 22 years, the gaffer has highlighted that the main aim for him and his charges will be to qualify from the group to give themselves a chance to fight for the championship . Mpote who was a 2019 silver medalist with the Zebras has named Thato Kebue and Lebogang Ditsile as Co-Captains for the team.

The Zebras will head to South Africa on Saturday the 2nd of July for the tournament. Botswana is in Group A with Angola, Comoros and Seychelles and will kick start their opening match against the Ireland nation Seychelles on the 5th July.

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