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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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COSAFA and LaLiga Instructors’ Masterclass gets underway

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) Technical Division led by Acting Technical Director, Dr. Carolin Braun today (Wednesday) joined their counterparts from the COSAFA region in a virtual Instructors Masterclass powered by COSAFA in partnership with LaLiga. The BFA participants include Alex Malete, Duncan Tshegofatso, Kaelo Kaelo, Jaqueline Gaboinelwe and Barobi Ngwako.

COSAFA and La Liga seek to improve football in the region with this exciting project where they look to equip regional instructors with training methods, academy structure, player development path, game model and overall, how to make a good instructor.

BFA acting TD Dr. Carolin Braun

The course is a pilot program which kickstarted its first of the two sessions beginning April 21st, 2021 and the second took place today, Wednesday May 5th, 2021.  The BFA Acting Technical Director, Dr. Carolin Braun was today jubilant that all participants from the Botswana FA will be able to harness their skills for the betterment of the BFA development structures.

She further highlighted that the courses come at the right time when the entire football system is regenerating for the future. Dr. Braun was also confident that the BFA has chosen capable individuals who have made a commitment to take the lessons and safeguard the country’s footballing prospects. 

BFA Women development officer, Barobi Ngwako

The first day of the course was manned by Juan Florit – Head of LaLiga Football Projects and Andoni Bombín – Head of Methodology at Athletic Club, while today’s session was led by Saul Vazquez – Football Projects Specialist and Carlos Casal – Football Projects Coordinator, respectively.

 

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