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-The two teams scheduled to leave for Lilongwe, Malawi today
The BFA today held a send-off session for the two teams that will be representing Botswana in Lilongwe, Malawi for the CAF Pan African School Football Championships. Botswana will be represented in this tournament by Thamaga CJSS boysโ€™ team and Mothamo CJSS girlsโ€™ team from Moiyabana. The two teams are scheduled to travel this evening to South Africa where they will connect by flight to Lilongwe.
Speaking at the send-off ceremony, BFA CEO Mr Mfolo Mfolo noted how challenging the preparations for this tournament were. He cited the non-existence of school sports and budgetary constraints as the associationโ€™s biggest challenges in preparing the two teams for Lilongwe. He however gave thanks to the schools, parents as well as the village elders for coming together to support their schools and teams in helping these students realize their dreams of representing the country.
Mr Mfolo wished the students well on their travels and urged them to have fun and do their best on the international stage.
โ€œEvery accomplishment starts with taking the decision to tryโ€ฆYou lot took the brave step to tryโ€ฆto dream and believe that representing the country at this level is possible. And your efforts were not in vain as you are jetting off to Malawi to represent the country,โ€ he said.
He reminded them that they will not only be representing themselves, but everything they do will be reflective of their parents, schools as well as Botswana football as a whole and as such they should carry themselves in a way that will make everyone proud.
Speaking on behalf of their teams, Captains Moabi Rathejwane and Rakganela Mothamo expressed their delight at having made it this far.
Both captains said their teams have been training hard and are ready to not only participate but compete and produce great results.
Both teams will travel to Malawi with 15 players and 3 officials each.



๐—š๐—”๐—•๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—ก๐—˜: Botswana Football Association today the 21st April 2023, launched an innovative FIFA Talent Development Scheme (TDS), to help raise the standards of junior national football teams for both men and women, driven by FIFAโ€™s desire for a long-term dedication to global talent development.

The programme is also aimed to help the association achieve its full potential and continuing the measures taken to reduce the disparity in the level of football between different countries.

The project objectives are to create a platform for emerging talent that will expose them quality coaching and competitive environment, to create a pool of players to be selected for junior national team (U15, U17 and U20) and to build a strong base for competitive junior national teams and sustain their success at all levels.

The identified players will be channeled to Radisele and Mogoditshane Centres of Sports Excellence with the possibility of expanding to other areas. The teams will be training on a daily basis with qualified coaches and playing games every week. U15 national team shall be fixtured in Tswapong Region U17 youth league while U17 team shall be fixtured in Tswapong Region Division 1. U19 team will have game time by locking horns with the first division league teams where it will be fixtured.

Giving his welcome remarks BFA vice president 1 also the acting president, Mr. Masego Nchingane made it known the purpose of today is to launch two (2) talent Development Centres namely Mogoditshane Senior Secondary School and Radisele Junior Secondary school Centres of Sports Excellence however in the next few years will have talent identification centres across the country in order to give every kid an opportunity to fulfill their potentials.

Speaking during the launch the BFA general Secretary Mr Mfolo E.Mfolo proclaimed that the standards of school of excellence determines the output, and the output will give us the results that we want in 10 years from now.

โ€œFIFA realized that the top countries in the world continue to make the gap big with other countries thatโ€™s when FIFA decided to embark on a talent development scheme to find out how other countries can play catch-up where FIFA Masters Alumni can fast track the development of players so that the junior national teams even small countries can make an impact in footballโ€, said FIFA Consultant Mr. Serame Letswaka

Sharing the project landscape BFA Technical Director, Mr. Tshepo Mphukuthi emphasized that the project is not the same from country to country but is tailor-made to a country based on their countryโ€™s challenges and needs.

Closing the program proceedings, Hon. Tumisang Healy, a member of parliament for Gaborone Central, made it public that this program is dynamic and he believes it will change the football landscape of Botswana. He further added that if purposely do development, there will be outcomes out of it.

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