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Coach Nkutlwisang Beefs Up Squad

The Botswana Women senior national team coach, Gaoletlhoo Nkutlwisang has intensified her squad by calling to camp the experienced trio of Bonang Othagile, Nondi Matlhasela and Masego Montsho ahead of the much anticipated and fierce battle with neighbouring archrivals, Banyana Banyana of South Africa.

The friendly match which opens a calendar and series of camps ahead of the upcoming African Women’s Cup of Nations’ (AWCON) second round will start with an away and friendly encounter in Johannesburg’s Bidvest Wits Stadium on Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 against Desiree Ellis’ squad.

The three players were initially left out of ‘The Mares’ camp to allow coach Nkutlwisang to observe other players, mainly Under-20 players whom she wants to integrate in the senior team setup. The coach is confident on what the upcoming youngsters can offer and strongly believes the trio will add the much-needed experience and verve to the camp and her already raring squad.

“The camp has been going very well and I’m happy. Our players continue to work hard to achieve the much-needed fitness levels and balance that with all the technical tactics emanating from the coaches’ department,” said Nkutlwisang adding that, “Our national team is in a transition period and that’s why we have amalgamated the youthful players and the experienced force, respectively. We plan to achieve this before enduring the AWCON qualifiers. Generally, the technical team is happy with the progress of the young players, they are full of energy and have the zeal to represent the country and uphold our national pride. Let’s rally behind them”.

Othagile and Montsho reported to camp on Monday while Mathasela joined the team today (Wednesday). Meanwhile the team is expected to leave for South Africa this coming Sunday (April 11, 2021) and is expected back home on the 15th of April 2021 (Thursday).

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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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