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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, “it 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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ZEBRAS FINAL SQUAD FOR THE 2022 COSAFA CHAMPIONSHIP

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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