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Mathumo and Gaololwe suspended

Senior national team captain, Semisane Mathumo and former club teammate Mosha Gaololwe are set to miss the Zebras last group game against Angola in Francistown on Friday 22nd March 2019. The duo picked up yellow cards in the last Zebras outing against Mauritania. Hence due to cumulative cards, they will be suspended for the clash against Angola.

Zebras Caretaker coach Mogomotsi Mpote says this will be a big blow for him not to have the defencive pair but highlited that it is an opportunity for younger players to stake a claim in the team as they will be considered for the game.

Mathumo, on the other hand, was devasted that he will not lead the team in the final game of the campaign but said the positive was that the selected players will use the game to prepare for the upcoming Chan games. Mpote is set to announce his squad to face Angola on the Wednesday 13th March 2019 with the Zebras reporting for camp on Sunday 17th March 2019 to start preparing for the game.

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BFA GRANTS AMROUCHE LEAVE OF ABSENCE

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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