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FIFA Connect Workshop

All media houses are invited to the official opening of the FIFA Connect workshop at the Avani Gaborone Hotel and Casino on Thursday 21st April 2016 at 08h30. The workshop is hosted by the FIFA Regional Development Office in conjunction with the Botswana Football Association, and will be facilitated by the FIFA Connect Manager and Development Office as well as the FIFA Connect team.

The workshop is meant to improve record keeping and database management by the Football Associations in the region. It will be attended by Secretaries General/Chief Executive Officers and Registration Officers of Football Associations in the region; i.e. from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The workshop will be officially opened by the BFA President, Mr. Tebogo Sebego.

The attention of the media is further drawn to the FIFA Goal Project IV which has recently been awarded to the BFA for the re-turfing of the Lekidi Grass Pitch into an artificial surface. To this end, FIFA will be sending an expert to Gaborone on Thursday 21st April 2016 to inspect the pitch in readiness for the preliminary works towards the project. The inspection will start at 09h00 and will run up to lunch time. The project comes through after the BFA was not able to secure a lease in respect of the Francistown Old Stadium which was earmarked for this project.

To conclude the weekend international football schedule, Botswana will be hosting an Under 20 AFCON qualifier second leg against Zimbabwe at the Lobatse Sports Complex on Friday 22nd April 2016, starting from 19h00. Botswana won the first leg 1- 0 in Bulawayo earlier this month.

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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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