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BFA Assures Covid-19 Compliance With Players In Camp

The Zebras coach, Adel Amrouche last week called a 30-man provisional squad mainly made of local players in preparation for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier matches against Zimbabwe and Algeria slated for March 2021.

The Botswana national team reported for camp last week, from February 10 until February 20, 2021; and are also expected to have another camp from March 1 until their upcoming AFCON qualifier fixtures against The Warriors of Zimbabwe and The Desert Foxes of Algeria.

Botswana will take on Zimbabwe on the 22nd of March while the fixture for Algeria is scheduled for March 30 in Group H of the AFCON qualifiers.

Currently, The Zebras is in position three (3) with four (4) points, just ahead of Zambia who have three (3) points. Algeria is currently leading the pack with 10 points while Zimbabwe is placed second with five (5) points.
In the midst of the novel Covid-19 pandemic, the BFA has assured members of the public that after testing all players, they will ensure containment of all for the duration of the camp with no interaction with the community.
The BFA Communications Manager, Tumo Mpatane says the national team is the barometer for all football activities thus it is obliged that they set the record straight in ensuring a safe return of football activities across all Botswana leagues.

“We have done this successfully before when national teams played during a no action period and will do the same this year, adding improvements even. It’s important we do the needful to support the national team during these difficult times; so that as a nation and the football fraternity we beat the virus, as we practice methods to return football to full swing.”

“We are confident that coach Amrouche will also find suitable players he desires for his two crucial encounters as we are mathematically in the race to qualify for AFCON 2022,” concluded Mpatane. #WeAreBFA

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National First Divisions undergo Operation Time For Change drill

GABORONE, Botswana – In its relentless quest to professionalize and commercialize local football, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) has extended the FIFA approved and funded programme dubbed Administration and Management Course – Operation Time for Change to National First Division Leagues (NFDL), both in the South and North regions. The five-day rigorous training, which kicked off at Tlotlo Hotel and Conference Centre in Gaborone on Monday (yesterday), is aimed at endowing leaders of football clubs to effectually grow football from grassroots level and administer it with indispensable proficiency.

Furthermore, it is intended to achieve a renewal in terms of how football is managed at all levels throughout the country, facilitated by FIFA instructor and consultant, Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting. Officially opening yesterday’s Operation Time for Change for National First Division South, newly appointed Botswana Football League (BFL) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Solomon Ramochotlhwane implored all clubs to adapt to club licensing regulations, as this will become a standard tool for commercialization of clubs and football in Botswana – a barometer also used by CAF. The course has so far been administered in all the 17 Regional Football Association (RFA) regions where over 600 graduates have been inducted.

With the BFA steadfast to commercialize football, they saw it apt to also train NFDL clubs as they act as a feeder to the elite league. In his remarks Ramochotlhwane said, “the program comes at a time when the BFA 2020 Annual General Assembly granted National Leagues being BFL and NFDL autonomy which paves way for professionalism.  As one of the milestones of becoming professional, Operations Time for Change Program comes at a time when clubs have been struggling to meet CAF Club Licensing requirements. This was mostly due to lack of Management Skills and Stakeholder Management by football administrators.

National First Division Chairman, Sydney Magagane

At the end of the program, the participants will be equipped with the Leadership Skills to enable them to perform their duties and influence the change they want to see,” and further added, “Good Governance drives success and produce positive results. Football is a sport that has been severely battered by poor governance. This comes as results of members failing to account in getting the right people to lead the teams. Planning – This is an area that has been neglected for a very long time. The time has now come for teams to have strategies to drive their day-to-day, week-in and week-out preparations on how they drive football and its activities. Communication- the greatest source of Conflict amongst people is failure to communicate, hence Clear Communication clears barriers of misunderstanding.”

Ramochotlhwane said it is therefore imminent to develop a sense of urgency around the need for change. He noted that the time for clubs to change is now hence it is necessary for clubs to do away with societal organizations mentality. “This often takes strong leadership and visible support from key people within your organization. Identify the true leaders in your organization, as well as your key stakeholders,” added Ramochotlhwane. For his part, Chairman of National First Division South, Sydney Magagane encouraged all clubs to take the course seriously as it will speed up the professionalization and commercialization aspect of Botswana football in general.

“The course intends to further train more instructors as our journey to commercialization will need more professionally equipped experts to undertake this task. Clubs are what makes the BFA and therefore starting to commercialize all clubs will bolster swift transition into the mother body,” said Magagane. The course started yesterday, Monday until Friday, June 14 – 18 for the NFDS before moving to Francistown for the NFDN on 21 – 25th June 2021.

Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting

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