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North Central Regional FA Operation Time For Change gets underway

The Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development (MYSC) Palapye Sub-District Coordinator, Mpilo Mbo has called on the Botswana Football Association (BFA) to continue training and grooming exceptional administrators in a quest to help government unearth quality talent from grassroots par excellence. Officially opening the Central/North Regional Football Association ‘Operation Time for Change’ training this morning (Tuesday) at Majestic Hotel in Palapye, Mbo said the BFA administrators’ course comes at the right time which is in line with his ministry whose primary objective among others is the development of sports particularly football.
The 5-day FIFA approved, and funded programme dubbed Administration and Management Course for the Central/North Regional FA (Serowe) kicked off on Monday (yesterday) until Friday and is intended to achieve 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.

One of the participants

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.

“We ought to have scientific modern day training methods to be able to compete globally and this course is the first block in fulfilling such milestones. The course is also a motivating factor to the administrators. We must understand that football is dynamic hence the need for refreshed dynamic administrators who can give us quality players by understanding the commercialized value of football. Through government, we have centres of excellence around the country to unearth talent hence it is very imperative that these athletes are nurtured by well-groomed administrators who understand how to handle a player of every age,” added Mbo.

Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Central North Regional FA, Rebasikwa Mothowagae commended the leadership of the region particularly clubs for their steward excellence in grooming exceptional players in the past adding that it is now time to harness their skills even more with the ongoing Operation Time for Change course.
He said the time is now for all administrators to understand the commercialization aspect of football thus the key principles and modules of the 5-day course. Mothowagae was also happy that his region has also been fortunate to secure sponsorship which has been sustaining the regional office including other logistics.
“This is an opportune time for our football to restructure and position all its bodies, so they follow the regulations of footballing governing bodies such as COSAFA, CAF and FIFA. Our region is known for producing quality players from grassroots to well established. This clearly shows motivation and commitment from our clubs as they continue to inspire other footballers. I commend the BFA for the Operation Time for Change course which enables our administrators to further understand the ever-evolving football dynamics. We have a sponsor with Food Botswana and this course through its content we will understand the changing aspects of nurturing and retaining sponsors,” said Mothowagae.

One of the participants

FIFA instructor and consultant, Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting gave an overview of the course, emphasising that the BFA administration and technical will get stronger when all stakeholders are well equipped with effective modules that sustain football.
Mamelodi told the gathered delegates that recent appointments in football spaces should be a motivation that every delegate can become a future leader in football, citing an example of the recent appointments of the BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone Taylor and FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura as significant milestones in football.
“This course started in 2019 and due to Covid-9 restrictions we had to slow down the regional induction. The good thing about this project is that it’s funded by FIFA and therefore funds were always going to be allocated to all regions. This course implies that the BFA is strong by its regions hence we have stakeholders’ management. We are looking for progressive leaders and I must applaud women participation as throughout this course I have seen their numbers grow. This commendable stroke is also motivated by the first woman BFA CEO Taylor,” said Mamelodi.

Central North Regional FA posing for a picture



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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