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D-License coaching course with a difference

GABORONE, Botswana – About 20 aspiring coaches have concluded in the Botswana Football Association (BFA) D-License coaching course at Lekidi Football Centre in Gaborone. Coordinated by BFA Instructor, Barobi Nwako assisted by Vincent Dlamini, the weeklong course, which covers modules from grassroots to preliminary started on Monday, June 14th and will end today (Friday, June 18th).
The course, which was divided into two parts; theory and practical sessions drew aspiring coaches from the Northern block region which include Boteti, Chobe and FRAFA respectively. Nwako said it is important for aspiring coaches to take up such courses so that they understand the technical dynamics of the coaching world.
Amongst some of the modules covered include code of conduct, what makes a good coach, importance of warm-up and cool down, different coaching styles, how do young players learn, components of a coaching session-SMILES and STEPS in football, safeguarding children’s rights, session planning, community development through football, skills and qualities of a good coach, and the infusion of life skills in football sessions.
The participants were also put into working groups for a case study, which saw them develop a grassroots festival which accorded them an opportunity to understand the different stages of learning for diverse age groups. Nwako added, β€œit is important for the BFA to invest in training more coaches as this ensures that there is a sound development system coming from the ground upwards. This group of coaches are excited and willing to learn and share their skills and I am also impressed to see former players venturing into coaching. Their presence further assures that they are not lost to football.” Some of the players who had enrolled for the course include Township Rollers captain, Maano Ditshupo.

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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.

β€œThe 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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