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FA Cup launched

TODAY, Botswana Football Association launched the 2018/19 FA Cup. The sponsorship will be P12.6 million over 3 seasons, and the tournament will begin in 2019 January.

48 teams will play the tournament. Top 8 from First Division South and North, 16 Teams that qualified for Divisional Football Play-Offs & 16 teams from the previous Premier League season.

The tournament prize money breakdown looks at rewarding all teams that participate in the tournament.

Champions: P700,000
Runners Up: P350,000

Semi-Finalists: 150,000 each

Quarterfinalists: 60,000 each
Last 16: P25,000 each
2nd Round: P10,000 each
1st Round: P5,000 each

A date for the draw is set to be announced before the Christmas break and the tournament is set to kick off in January.

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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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