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Bright announces Angola squad

The Senior Men’s National Team (The Zebras) Head Coach Major David Bright this afternoon released a 20-man squad that will do battle with the Palancas Negras of Angola in an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 qualifying clash on Sunday.

The Zebras head into the encounter in the backdrop of a qualifier opening day loss to Mauritania and they will be looking to kick start their campaign against an Angola side aiming to book a spot at the finals for the first time since their first round exit at the finals in 2013.

Major Bright’s team which held a training match thus morning against Foreigners 11, which they won 3-2 believes that the team has vast experience in AFCON and other African competitions and he is hopeful of a positive result cum Sunday afternoon at the Estádio 11 de Novembro (November 11th Stadium).

Team captain Simisani Mathumo lamented the team’s need for a strong showing and points following the opening loss at home to Mauritania, “We are in need of points and both teams a without points in the group” said Mathumo.

The team is comprised of 7 international players and 13 locally based players who Major Bright feels are up to the task against an Angolan side boasting of 5 Portuguese second tear players, “We have a good chance to proceed in the group, we just have to manage our games well”.

Zebras Team to face Angola:

Goalkeepers:

  1. Kabelo Dambe Bloemfontein Celtic (SA)
  2. Mwampole Masule Township Rollers

Defenders:

  1. Tshepo Maikano Gaborone United
  2. Lopang Mosige Orapa United
  3. Simisani Mathumo (C) Township Rollers
  4. Lesego Keredilwe Orapa United
  5. Lesenya Ramoraka Highlands Park (SA)
  6. Thatayone Ditlhokwe Township Rollers
  7. Mosha Gaolaolwe Township Rollers
  8. Thero Setsile Jwaneng Galaxy

Midfielders:

  1. Lebogang Ditsele Jwaneng Galaxy
  2. Alphose Modisaotsile Gaborone United
  3. Lemponye Tshireletso Township Rollers
  4. Kabelo Seakanyeng Chippa United (SA)
  5. Mpho Kgaswane Baroka FC (SA)
  6. Thatayaone Kgamanyane      Chippa United (SA)
  7. Mogakolodi Ngele Mamelodi Sundowns (SA)
  8. Motsholetsi Sikele Township Rollers

Strikers:

  1. Onkabetse Makgantai Baroka FC (SA)
  2. Tumisang Orebonye Township Rollers

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Registration of a company-Botswana Football League

Following various resolutions by the Botswana Football Association [BFA] -National Executive Committee to grant the elite league autonomy the move has since begun.

The Botswana Premier League also has always advocated for their autonomy and this comes at a time when the move for a commercial wing of the elite league is a must do.

Different football General Assemblies have also reiterated the need for the Botswana premier League to be independent from BFA.

The journey to make that a reality has begun with the help of different stakeholders. The FIFA professional department has been holding the BFA’s hand to achieve the desired goals.

BFA has since appointed a Transformation and Sponsorship Committee to implement the transformation of the elite league.

We are happy to announce that Botswana Football League (Pty) Ltd is registered with CIPA.

The company [Botswana Football league – BFL] will have all 16 premier league clubs as shareholders, and it will be a stand-alone company which will run their errands independently from the BFA. The BFL will only be a special member of the federation [BFA] as per FIFA standards and guidance.

The company will re-brand the elite league and make it a more viable property to entice partnerships that will see value in their investment by associating with this business entity.

A new dawn begins. The days of the premier league running as a society are over. These are exciting times and it can only be hoped that all stakeholders will be happy for this new beginning.

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