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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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Diamond Zebras & Young Zebras to play friendly matches

Botswana Junior National Teams under-17 (Diamond Zebras) and the under-20 (Young Zebras) will this weekend of 23rd – 25th August 2019 report to camp. The two teams will play friendly matches against Eswatini U17 & U20 boys on the 24th and 25th August 2019.

The games will be used to give the two teams international match practice. For his part, Diamond Zebras coach Tebogo Mokute says his charges will benefit greatly from the games as they have worked on different approaches and tactics in recent months and he is positive the team understands his vision.

Mokute will lead the Diamond Zebras to the 2019 COSAFA championships to be staged in Malawi from the 25th September to the 5th October 2019. The under-20 team under the tutelage of Raizor Tsatsilebe will find the games important as they have also started preparations for the 2019 COSAFA championship scheduled for December 2019 in Zambia.

Eswatini is expected to arrive in Botswana on Friday evening with games set to be played at Lekidi grounds. On Saturday 1600hrs and 0900hrs kick off on Sunday morning before the boys from the Kingdom of Eswatini return home.

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