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Botswana Women’s Senior National team doctor gives an update on injuries

The Botswana women’s senior national team doctor, Dr. Merero Ntshese this afternoon shared a medical update of the squad after their training session today at Wits Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, where they are preparing to face Banyana Banyana in an international friendly slated for tomorrow (Tuesday) at 1500hrs.

The team trained for the first time today (Monday) since arriving in South Africa last night (Sunday), and the doctor assured the technical team that all players are eligible to play despite three players having niggling injuries.

“All the players are eligible to play, we have managed these minor knocks overtime. They had minor injuries and they have all been undergoing rehabilitation. This is mainly due to prolong inactivity and low fitness levels but with time I expect injury rates to reduce,” said Dr. Ntshese.

Players in training at Wits Stadium

According to Dr. Ntshese the players with knocks are;

Masego Mfandiso

She had a hamstring strain grade 1. She went through rehabilitation during camp and she’s is now eligible to play.

Segakolodi Didukanyane

She sustained an ankle sprain grade1 and also went through rehabilitation. The swelling has since subsided, and she is able to bear weight, and doing exceptionally well with regards to return to play protocol.

BFA acting Technical Advisor Dr Carolin Braun during light training with the players

Keitumetse Dithebe

She suffered an ankle sprain grade 1, and she went through rehabilitation too. The swelling has since subsided, and she is able to bear weight and she’s also doing exceptionally well with regards to return to play protocol.

Bonang Otlhagile

The captain will not play any part of tomorrow’s action. She recently recovered from COVID-19 and she is on post recovery phase that requires rest as per the return to play protocol. She is awaiting investigations to rule out complications that she might have sustained as a result of COVID-19. The investigations are part of the Pre-Competition Medical Assessment of which is a requirement of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

BFA acting TD Dr. Carolin Braun and Coach Gaolethoo Nkutlwisang

The rest of squad, according to the team doctor is fully fit, charged up and ready to conquer Banyana Banyana tomorrow.

  • Players in training at Wits Stadium

  • BFA acting TD Dr. Carolin Braun and Coach Gaolethoo Nkutlwisang

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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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