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Senior National Women’s team make passionate plea as they prepare for AWCON qualifiers

The Botswana women senior national football team has called on the nation to rally behind them as they open their year with a series of camps and friendlies that will see them go head-to-head with our neighbors, Namibia in the first round of the Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifiers in June 2021.
 
Despite the prevailing challenges of no footballing action in the country courtesy of the Covid-19 pandemic, the ladies are upbeat and oozing with confidence that they will triumph in all their set quests. Currently in camp, women’s senior team have rigorously been preparing well as they look to gain more positives against their opponents.

Captain Otlhagile (17) taking a breather during training

 
Team captain, Bonang ‘Bebeto’ Otlhagile says the mood in their camp is high as every player is yearning and armed with a desire to represent their country and do well particularly with regards to the forthcoming encounter against Banyana Banyana of South Africa this coming Tuesday, April 13, 2021.
 
Bebeto noted that her teammates know what is at stake as they start their preparations for the looming AWCON, which will be held in Morocco next year, 2022.
 
“Most of us have been training on our own, in our own spaces because of covid-19. We have missed football so much and we are happy now to be back in action, to do what we love and represent our beautiful country of Botswana. Just by wearing national colours is more than an honour for us. The girls are working extremely hard to gain fitness. The mood here in camp is at an all-time high, we want to use these friendlies to help us perfect our skills to qualify for AWCON. We must be ready by June when the round robin qualifiers start. We have built a family as a team, so it’s always nice when we meet and play for one another and the nation,” said Otlhagile.

Goalkeeper Boseja (green) in action

Meanwhile, The Mares goalkeeper, Sedilame Boseja expressed the same sentiments adding that despite the long dry spell of no footballing activity in the country, individually the girls have been training on their own. She pleaded with the nation to support the team as it embarks on a qualification quest towards the coveted African showpiece.
 
“I strongly believe individually we have been training, looking at how easily we understood the combinations brought by our technical team. We therefore ask the nation to rally behind us, to motivate and support the team wholeheartedly. Obviously, we want to be that generation that makes history by qualifying,” said Boseja.

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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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