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CAF Club Licensing Unit Kickstarts Support Mission

GABORONE, Botswana, February 2021/ — The Botswana Football Association (BFA) and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Club Licensing Unit this morning, (Monday) kickstarted a weeklong roundtable with various football stakeholders at Lekidi Football Centre in Gaborone. 

The Botswana FA has been selected as one of the pilot projects for the online CAF Club Licensing compliance.

Visiting the BFA is CAF Club Licensing Senior Manager, Muhammad Sidat accompanied by Kabelo Bosilong – a CAF Club Licensing Instructor from South Africa. This morning CAF and BFA engaged in a series of engagements, the first being with the acting CEO, Thabiso Kebotsamang and the BFA National Executive Committee (NEC) members.  Present at the meeting were female representative, Lobito Ncube and ordinary member, Tico Kamati whilst others such as  VP1 Marshlow Motlogelwa, VP2 Masego Ntshingane and ordinary member, Carlos Sebina joined the meeting via Zoom. 

Other stakeholders at today’s meeting included Botswana Football League (BFL) chairperson, Jagdish Shah, BFA’s Club Licensing coordinator, Olebile Pilara as well as the BFA Legal and Compliance, Pako Moakofhi.

When welcoming the CAF duo to the BFA headquarters and Botswana, BFA’s VP1, Marshlow Motlogelwa said club licensing is an integral part of standardizing football. He said to have a proper implemented club licensing structure is vital for Botswana FA hence the request to seek support mission from CAF. 

“We are at around 60% with regards to club licensing as the FA. We therefore want to close gaps in this process. Compliance is very fundamental and therefore with today’s mission support from CAF we are hopeful that we will achieve our set goals. We have reached a critical stage where we have to fully induct our clubs on club licensing which I think we will tap from your skill. We are looking for a partial and transparent report on our process by far,” said Motlogelwa.

The CAF Club Licensing Senior Manager, Muhammad Sidat said the request by the Botswana FA shows how the secretariat is taking a leap towards making sure that all leagues and clubs are run professionally.

“We are here to provide a proper roadmap for club licensing, more importantly is to implement the club licensing regulations. Thus far, the BFA is aware of the objectives of the club licensing system. CAF has developed 5 criteria for club licensing however, from country to country, the federation may add to what works for their leagues. The BFA needs a proper strategy to implement club licensing, the elite has been granted autonomy to run its affairs. It will be imperative to have a criterion to be implemented for the BFL to be compliant. It is highly recommended that the strategy has timelines,” said Sidat.

Furthermore, the chairperson of the BFL, Jagdish Shah said it is important for all the stakeholders to sit together and fully understand the club licensing tool. He said after three years of trying to adopt the tool, many clubs are still lacking in the process. He acknowledged the efforts by the BFA for seeking help from the CAF Club Licensing Unit adding that this will surely expedite the process of club licensing.

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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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