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Botswana Boys National U/17 Team Selection Underway

The Botswana Boys National U-17 football Technical Team led by coach, Tebogo Mokute has started the process of rebuilding a formidable squad ahead of the upcoming African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 games slated for Lesotho in December 2021.
 
The first 35 players of the 70 players earmarked by Mokute reported for camp today (Friday, 23rd April 2021) at Lekidi Football Centre in Gaborone. Mokute looks to form a solid team as most of the 2020 U-17 players have morphed into the national U-20 team.

Health officials at BFA headquarters, Lekidi Football Centre in Gaborone

 
The 35 players are from the southern regions and are expected to spend three days with the technical team, who have an arduous task of selecting the best players from the copious group.
 
Prior to today’s camp, all players were tested for COVID-19 and results are expected later today.
On Tuesday, 27 April 2021, coach Mokute will welcome yet another batch of 35 players from the Northern regions who will subsequently spend three days undergoing a rigorous selection process.
 
Following the final selection, Mokute will then hold a two-weeks camp and start working on building a solid team to represent Botswana at the upcoming tournaments and other regional games.
 
“All the players who were part of the U-17 have graduated, so basically the 70 players selected is to help us get good players from this pool and prepare a team for the Region 5/COSAFA tournament in December and we are also eyeing the next U-17 AFCON finals. Even the age group of the players is based on the criterion of these tournaments respectively,” said Mokute.
The first five days will see the technical team selecting a strong side who will then go into a full camp to find rhythm in the squad.

Health officials at BFA headquarters, Lekidi Football Centre in Gaborone

 
Mokute also highlighted that the 70 players invited for selection are from the Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) and Botswana Primary School Association (BOPSA) structures, including the Elite youth league structures.

  • Health officials at BFA headquarters, Lekidi Football Centre in Gaborone

  • Health officials at BFA headquarters, Lekidi Football Centre in Gaborone

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Kgatleng Regional FA lauded for leading Operation Time For Change

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone G. Taylor yesterday (Friday) officially closed the 5-day FIFA-approved Administration and Management drill dubbed ‘Operation Time for Change’ for the Kgatleng Regional Football Association held at Rasesa Lodge in Rasesa.

The program is intended to achieve a renewal in terms of how football is managed at all levels throughout the country, facilitated by FIFA instructor and consultant, Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting. The objectives of the programme include the empowerment of leaders, both Regional Structures and Clubs, on the management of the game; engaging participants on the importance of Stakeholder management, as well as identifying for further training prospective national course instructors in Administration and Management, with a view that once qualified, they will continue to train up and coming Administrators in the Regions on football administration.

An exciting moment for the Kgatleng FA was the fact that Taylor was making her first engagement with the regional association following her recent appointment at the helm of the Botswana FA.

The CEO said the BFA will reach its set targets and mission of developing football from grassroots levels with the help of the regional FAs and urged them to fully partake in all operations and agendas availed and offered by the secretariat. The program sees more than 600 participants across the country benefiting at a cost over P4 million courtesy of football’s world governing body, FIFA, and Taylor said it will be imperative for those who have immensely benefited to share the vast knowledge with their peers, so everybody is on par with the level of understanding in modern football principles.

BFA management posing for a picture with Kgatleng Regional FA leadership

“This course has been a game changer as it empowers the clubs. For football to grow, we need to continue equipping our stakeholders more, and the Operation Time for Change project has the potential to change the landscape of our football and take it forward, to levels never imagined. With about 600 expected to graduate from this course across regional FAs, I therefore challenge those that have benefited to share their acquired knowledge, so we broaden our spectrum in football. We all need to play our part by contributing towards football development. The Kgatleng Regional FA has shown growth characterized by the establishment of an office, which will be used by the region to facilitate all matters of football and this will further make football a formidable brand.  Also, let me thank Mr. Mamelodi for continuing to share all his vast football experience with our regional FAs,” said Taylor.

For his part, Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting said the weeklong training with the Kgatleng Regional FA was extremely refreshing and engaging.

“We spoke to all the principles of professional football and administration. As we end with all, but one region remaining, we stay hopeful that the BFA will continue harnessing our knowledge by availing this type of programs in future. The Kgatleng Regional FA seems to be doing well, and they’re truly a shining example in matters related to football development. Quite pleasing is the fact that most clubs in the region own land and playing grounds. This is a welcome development as it shows grow and potential,” said Mamelodi.

The Kgatleng Regional FA Chairperson, Thabang Seleke said encouraged by the just concluded BFA Administration and Management course, him and his troops will start a campaign to raise at least 500 balls aimed at encouraging grassroots development in the region in a quest to revive the spirit of football and its fanfare.

One of the delegates and the Kgatleng Regional FA Disciplinary Committee member, Moses Mariri said thanked the Kgatleng Regional FA leadership for its readiness in football transformation.

BFA CEO Taylor

Furthermore, Mariri said local football must be packaged in an attractive manner to make it more appealing to potential sponsors and fans. As such, Mariri said more education is needed especially on football branding.

“The Kgatleng Regional FA leadership has been consistent with information particularly with regards to learning more new methods of football. This will further unearth raw talent and new ideas that can improve our football,” said Mariri.

All the participants were awarded certificates of attendance.  From Kgatleng, the Operation Time for Change program will call it a wrap in Palapye from 10th – 14th May 2021 with the Central/North Regional FA (Serowe).

 

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