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Bounceback program update

Botswana Football Association and EUFA Assist updated the media about the Bounceback program. The BFA is currently working on an action plan with the assist of EUFA to help Botswana football recover from the impact of Covid19, and also prioritise our actions going forward. The update was conducted online using video conferencing.

Four key points were identified;

1). Whatever is done, the safety and security of the people of Botswana must come first. The BFA will work closely with the Ministry for Sport to ensure the appropriate guidelines and protocols are followed.

2). Focus in the short term will be on health and fitness. Whilst we might not be able to return to competitive football quickly, we will engage with players, coaches and clubs and ensure they are working individually to keep fit and to practice their skills.

3). Communication is crucial in crisis and the BFA will work hard to communicate regularly with the stakeholders including the media to ensure there is one message about our plans for the future.

4). The BFA has created an action plan with UEFA Assist and has set up a COVID19 Task Force which will be chaired by Dr Carolin Braun. The Task Force will be made up of many representatives from the game of football in Botswana

These will be the driving force behind our discussions, decisions and recommendations for football recovery in Botswana. The BFA is confident, in working together collaboratively that Botswana football can recover and bounce back stronger from COVID19.

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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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