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Press Conference Information – FIFA U17 Women`s World Cup

Post the game against Zambia we had to break our camp as players were going back to school to prepare for their end of term examinations. We however planned two weekend camps during the period between the Zambia game and the fulltime camp that commenced on the 17th November, 2017.

We do not know our opponents but we have an idea of how they approach their games. We are aware that South African players are not bad technically due to their advantage of training in better facilities than we do. Our plan is to use their strength to our advantage. How we are going to do it is for now a closed book.

We kept the same squad that was in camp during preparations for the Zambia game and reinforced it with Leungo Senwelo (AMF), Annah Sechane (MD/DF), Doris Motshegwe (GK) and Tshegofatso Mosotho (AM) to improve depth in the squad. (Refer list provided down below).

The focus of our training during the weekend camps was meant to keep the team’s fitness at least to a stable level until we resume the fulltime preparation camp for tomorrow’s game. Our preparations have also been going well during our fulltime camp except we could not get any international friendly game due to unavailability of teams in the region. All our players are mentally and physically ready and like prior to the Zambia game have been working hard to get ready for tomorrow’s game. We only have a few a few knocks which our doctors are taking care of.

With these few words, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am confident that shall compete and work hard to get positive results in tomorrow’s game. We also urge members of the Lobatse community and the country at large to support these girls tomorrow.

Player Roaster:

1    Galekhutle    Esalenna Masego    AM
2    Mosotho    Tshegofatso Nomsa    MD
3    Abueng    Michelle    CF
4    Rathari    Obonetse Oratile    MD
5    Tlhobogang    Maatla Baby    MD
6    Sembuwa    Basego Lesetedi    DEF
7    Motshegwe    Doris Lorato    GK
8    Senwelo    Leungo    MD
9    Sedimonyane    Atang Sharon    GK
10    George    Theo Pearl    MD
11    Charles    Tlotlo    DEF
12    Sechane    Annah Nametso    DEF
13    Gabolathiwe    Gloria One    DEF
14    Kgokong    Kaone Gosego    DEF
15    Pilane    Gloria Tebatso    DEF
16    Ntsinyane    Bakang    MD
17    Botlhale    Letso    CF
18    Dithebe    Keitumetse    MD

Technical Team:

1    Odirile     Matlhaku    Head Coach
2    Ms Tapaphiwa    Gaebolae    Assistant Coach
3    Molao    Israel    Goalkeeper Coach
4    Thabo    Machona    Fitness Trainer
5    Shatho    Mbisana    Team Doctor
6    Mrs Kaelo    Kgosiyang    Physiotherapist
7    Ms Ludo    Khatha    Welfare Manager



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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