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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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The Project Time For Change

Botswana Football Association (BFA) has commissioned a P20 million investment in sustainable commercial projects and human resource development.

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the BFA has resolved to invest in infrastructure and other diverse commercial instruments that will guarantee long term return on investment.

The Project Time for Change is not only geared at financial health but is also centred on up-skilling football administrators in the regions in key areas of business acumen, commercialisation, financial management, corporate governance, risk management and sponsorship management.

This is a capacity building programme for leadership in regions to ensure that football administrators at all levels possess requisite skills to manage football in a professional and sustainable manner.

The goal of the project is to ensure adherence to corporate governance protocols which will in turn help in building a positive image of football in Botswana. The Board of BFA believes that good governance is critical in creating a professional environment that is conducive to attract sponsorship.

The Project Time For Change which is supported by FIFA will be facilitated by the experienced former FIFA Development Officer For Eastern and Southern Africa Ashford Mamelodi who will create regional Centers for Development, identify skilled people to work in areas of football administration and technical department in order to decentralise trained and skilled human resources across the country.

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