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Batswana to Officiate at Regional Tournament

Fifa referee Tshepo Mokani Gobagoba and Referees physical instructor Phodiso Jonty Rasetsoga are set to fly Botswana’s flag at the upcoming COSAFA Under 17 championships built for Mauritius from July 18 to 29 this year.

The two are no strangers to Cosafa and CAF championships as they have been on the FIFA and CAF roaster for some years now. When reached for comment, Acting  BFA referees Manager Galeboe highlighted that when local referees get such assignments its always a positive as they gain experience that they are able to share with others referees which better improve the quality of refereeing in Botswana.

Gale Galeboe says the 2018/2019 season is set to be a professional and well conducted year on their part with her referees upbeat about putting FIFA standard refereeing. The match officials have returned to training to prepare for the new season.

The Mauritius bound due are expected to jet off 14 July 2018 to join other top officials in the region at the Under 17 COSAFA .

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BFA GRANTS AMROUCHE LEAVE OF ABSENCE

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.

“The 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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