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Football Give Violence The RED Card

Gender-Based Violence has increasingly gained attention in our the world and our nation. Though it occurs to both males and females, we see more females subjected to this monster than males. This is mostly because of cultures, traditional beliefs, norms and social institutions, alcohol and substance abuse, poverty, etc. Violence against women is a persistent and universal problem occurring in every culture and social group. Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime – most often by someone she knows, including a member of her own family, an employer or a co-worker.

Gender-Based Violence is a violation of human rights. Over the years GBV has been growing rapidly in our nation. It is with great sadness to see that even though the government and the nation are fighting and standing against GBV, it is still on the rise to a point where Botswana is reported to be the second on the leader board of Gender-Based Violence in the world. A girl child and woman are no longer safe in a place where it should be habitation with peace and harmony.

It seems like there is no place of safety for females because they are abused everywhere (at home, school, work or even when going to the shops). It is sickening to know that even babies and people with disabilities are sexually abused by people who should be their protectors. Girls and women are living in constant fear because abuse is coming from within the home/relationship and outside the home. Some cases are not even reported due to threats and fear. In most cases, the relatives/family members know about the abuse but choose to turn a blind eye.

It is about time traditional beliefs, norms and social institutions, alcohol and substance abuse and issues surrounding poverty are seriously challenged especially when they impose gender roles and instill fear on women and girls. These are leading causes of GBV because perpetrators believe that they own women and that women and girls are their properties and must therefore submit to them and dance to their tunes. Enough is enough, it is about time the tunes start to change.


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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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