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All systems go for the Botswana vs Banyana Banyana

It’s all systems go for Tuesday’s (today) friendly international match clash between Botswana women’s senior national team and South Africa’s Banyana Banyana at Wits stadium in Johannesburg at 1500hrs. In a virtual pre-match meeting on Monday evening, match commissioner, Jacqueline Gertse said it is extremely important to follow all protocols and urged all the teams to exercise caution at all times whilst observing strict adherence to COVID-19 best practices.
 
“It’s important that the teams leave their hotels to the stadium on time to avoid traffic inconveniences or any other unforeseen delays. I would also like to caution you that we are still in and reeling from the remnants of the COVID-19 pandemic, so we should always maintain the wearing of masks at all times,” said Gertse.
 

Coach Gaolethoo Nkutlwisang

 
For their part, doctors from both the teams recommended that there must be water breaks in between the game as the match is being played under hot temperatures, simply because players are participating in their first games of the year.
Meanwhile, the Botswana Head of Delegation (HOD), Lobito Ncube said the trip to South Africa has been good thus far, adding that, all that is left is for her players to apply themselves and give out their best.
 
“The team has now settled and is ready for action. From the technical team, they are all happy with the pitch, even though they said it’s small, however, it’s the perimeters they are aware of, we are ready to give a competitive match and use the friendly as is needed for. We are preparing for the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers, so we need a really good account of ourselves,” said Ncube.

Goalkeepers at training

 
This is the first game of the year for the Botswana ladies while their counterparts are playing their second after their recent win against Tokyo Olympics-bound, Zambia over the weekend. On the pitch, South Africa’s Banyana Banyana will wear all yellow while the visiting Botswana team will wear blue shirts, black shorts and black socks.
The game will be televised (LIVE) on South African Broadcasting Corporation Channel 1 (SABC1) and will start at 3pm.

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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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