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U-20 Men’s National Team coach, Paul benchmarking at Orlando Pirates FC

In a bid to enhance bilateral football relations between Botswana and South Africa, the U20 Men’s National Team head coach, Keitumetse Pio Paul is in Johannesburg, RSA at the Orlando Pirates FC (OPFC) development side where he is monitoring the progress of 17-year-old striker, Lizo Skweyiya among other things. 

The weeklong assessment will see Paul meeting with his counterparts from Pirates’ development sides amongst them Head of Development, Mandla Qhogi as well as the Under-21 coaches, Simon Marange and Yester Khomane, respectively.

One of his coaches at OPFC Marange has rated Skweyiya’s technical ability and physic higher.

“Skweyiya possesses some really good technical ability, can get past players and is able to finish. He still needs to improve on decision making and game insight. He is comfortable going either direction. He’s very direct. He might grow into a good forward, playing from either the sides or centrally. He also has exceptionally good pace and strength to go with his technical ability,” said Marange.

Paul has described his stay in RSA as a fact-finding mission, his quest being mainly to understand the dynamics which Orlando Pirates used during this COVID-19 period to train young players. 

The coach noted that he also had talks with other academies such as Africa Stars of Farouk Khan – a renowned RSA development coach.

Coach Paul and striker Lizo

“I am here to see how they coped with the COVID-19 restrictions and what the club has implemented to save their players. Notably, it is to build relations with the development coaches of Orlando Pirates with the possibility of playing friendly matches regularly against each other. 

This would be an opportunity for our players to be seen by South African clubs as well. The trip also accorded me an opportunity to look at players from Botswana who play for the RSA clubs and encourage them to understand the opportunity that comes with playing for our national teams. It is important for the Botswana Football Association (BFA) to identify all its foreign-based players as this will give national team selectors a wider pool to choose from,” said Paul.

Skweyiya was previously coached by Jozi Talent under the tutelage of Roman Schroder. Schroder runs his own development coaching academy. He is also the Technical Director for Panorama FC and a graduate of the DFI academy coaching staff.

Paul’s U20 Men’s National Team will go on camp this Friday (May14th) as they start preparations for the 2021 COSAFA Championships. The coach highlighted that the upcoming camp will only feature locally based players while internationally based players are only expected in camp later in the year. Paul is expected back home this Sunday.



The CAF Pan-African Schools Football Championship is an intercontinental schools soccer tournament for both boys and girls focusing on youth participation in the growth and development to shape future leaders.
This year’s CAF PAN AFRICAN SCHOOL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 1st edition-season 2022/23 commence today (August 5th to the 7th August 2022)
Its objective is to promote and develop the educational, cultural, and humanitarian aspects of organized football in Africa by implementing youth programmes.
The competition is open to young students (girls and boys) aged 13 to 15 years, regularly attending school that has signed with the BFA and whose schools have been selected according to criteria set by CAF.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐬:
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𝐑𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐞 𝐉𝐒𝐒
𝐍𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐠 𝐉𝐒𝐒
𝐙𝐰𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐛𝐞 𝐉𝐒𝐒
𝐒𝐞𝐤𝐠𝐞𝐥𝐞 𝐉𝐒𝐒
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𝐌𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐨 𝐉𝐒𝐒
Selected teams are part of the entire edition of the Pan-African School Football Championship, organized during the 2022/2023 season and will take place in three phases:
I. The National Phase from March to July 2022
II. The Zonal Phase from September to December 2022
III. The Continental Phase from March to July 2023
The games will be played at the Lekidi Football Centre grounds from 0800 to 1700 hours.

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