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๐—•๐—ข๐—ง๐—ฆ๐—ช๐—”๐—ก๐—” ๐—ฆ๐—›๐—œ๐—™๐—ง ๐—™๐—ข๐—–๐—จ๐—ฆ ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—•๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—ก๐—ญ๐—˜ ๐— ๐—˜๐——๐—”๐—Ÿ ๐—š๐—”๐— ๐—˜๐—ฆ ๐—”๐—š๐—”๐—œ๐—ก๐—ฆ๐—ง ๐— ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—ช๐—œ

Botswana’s junior national boys’ team (under 17) suffered in the semi-finals at the ongoing Region 5 Youth Games in Lilongwe, which also serve as ๐“๐จ๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐„๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐ ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐€๐…๐‚๐Ž๐ ๐”๐Ÿ๐Ÿ• ๐๐จ๐ฒ | ๐€๐ฅ๐ ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐š ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘ | ๐‚๐Ž๐’๐€๐…๐€ ๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐ž๐ซ, suffered a major setback on Friday night when they lost 4-2 to Zambia.

After getting through the group stage with 1 win and a draw from 2 games, the boys conceded their first loss in a very important game, to book their ticket to ๐“๐จ๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐„๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐ ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐€๐…๐‚๐Ž๐ ๐”๐Ÿ๐Ÿ• ๐๐จ๐ฒ๐ฌ | ๐€๐ฅ๐ ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐š ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘ early next year. The boys are billed to play Malawi on Sunday for a podium finish.

In his post-match remarks after the loss to Zambia, Mokute recalled the grief of having lost the semi-final game, but the boys have done well it is just unfortunate that they did not win the match during regulation time. โ€œThis is the semi-final, a big stage in the tournament, and it was a very tough matchโ€ he added.

Girlsโ€™ team will also enter the third/fourth place match after an unsuccessful COSAFA UNDER 17 GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP 2022 semi-final markdown after a 3-0 defeat against South Africa on Friday. Malawi will face Botswana this evening at 19h00.


๐—•๐—˜๐—–๐—ข๐— ๐—˜ ๐—” ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—™๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—˜! : ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“ ๐Š๐–๐„๐๐„๐๐† ๐‘๐„๐†๐ˆ๐Ž๐๐€๐‹ ๐‘๐„๐…๐„๐‘๐„๐„๐’ ๐‚๐Ž๐Œ๐๐‹๐„๐“๐„๐ƒ ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐๐„๐†๐ˆ๐๐๐„๐‘๐’ ๐‚๐Ž๐”๐‘๐’๐„

Botswana Football Association has taken a giant step in developing new and young referees. Today the association was officially closing The 5-day Kweneng Regional Association Referees Beginners course at Lekidi Football Centre that has attracted 25 young and promising referees (23 men and 2 women)
The referees underwent a five-day course from the 18th to the 23rd of December. The course was conducted by Instructor Mr. Phodiso Jonty Rasetsoga (BFA Referees Manager)
Speaking in the course closing ceremony held earlier today Mr Rasetsoga highlighted that the budding referees were taken through the laws of the game, oral, theory, written and practical sessions which advanced into exams on the final.
โ€œIt was a wonderful class the participants showed a lot of eagerness and energy during the sessions and it is important that these fresh referees get involved in many matches organized in their regionโ€, he added.
In his keynote address, Botswana Football Association CEO Mfolo Mfolo highlighted that the association has 17 regions across the country, national women’s football, and the Botswana Football League, which consists of two leagues, the Botswana Premier League and the National First Division League. He added that the BFA is reviewing football in Botswana
He concluded by explaining to the course participants that they have to go through all the structures, from the regional leagues to the highest leagues, the Botswana Premier League until they reach international stadiums such as COSAFA and AFCON to officiate the elite games.
One of the course participants Mr. Khumo Jackson, commented that to be a referee must be passionate, dedicated and hardworking.
Mr Alec Fela also the chairman of the referees committee (NEC Member), in his address appreciated the time taken by participants during festive days as they felt it was appropriate and worthy to be here. He added that discipline is the key to being a referee.

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