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The DFB international instructor course gets underway

In its endeavour to upskill and reskill local instructors, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) in partnership with the German Football Association supported by UEFA Assist and German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) are conducting a virtual DFB International Instructor Course (IIC), which kicked off today and will end this Friday, (24th – 28th May 2021).

Aptly tagged ‘DFB International Instructor Course (IIC)’ from the German Football Association, the unique 5-day online class is designed to educate instructors of all levels in organised football, as part of the “International Sports Promotion.”

Odirile Matlhaku

The online course, which is conducted by Sebastian Weinand from the German FA saw a total of 16 Batswana youth, grassroots and technical tacticians enroll in the prestigious undertaking.

Weinand (33), holds a UEFA license, and is also an international and national instructor. He has been actively working as a coach, coach educator and instructor at the German FA including the sub-regional FA of Rhineland for six years at national and international levels.

“My job is in the field of coach education (license courses) and further training of trainers. Internationally, I have done work for Rwanda, Jordan, China, Indonesia, and Brazil respectively,” said Weinand today.

Keitumetse Paul

Weinand is assisted by the BFA acting Technical Director and DOSB Botswana Coordinator, Dr. Carolin Braun, as well as other German FA officials, among them Eva Jacobi, Ben Weinberg (CSR International Relations) and Olivia Hilderbrandt (intern).

“It offers practitioners the opportunity to acquire supportive and practice-oriented teaching aids to increase their overall effectiveness of the education they offer. The aim is to link the existing football-specific and interdisciplinary skills of the instructor more strongly with methodical, social and media competencies,” said Dr. Carolin Braun.

Dr Carolin Braun

Additionally, the IIC focus on the behaviour and role of the instructor as a decisive key qualification hence the German FA would like to provide those involved in education and training with further qualifications, thus improving football structures in general.The participants are also expected to learn about Digital Tools, Video analysis, Methods of opening and closing a workshop and evaluation, including creating a learning atmosphere to enable learning.

Tshepo Mphukuthi

Taking part are Tshepo Mphukuthi, Odirile Matlhaku, Barobi Ngwako, Keitumetse Paul, Gabanathata Tshegofatso, Kaelo Kaelo, Vincent Dlamini, Alex Malete, Thomas Gouwe, Phalalo Nketsang, Moffat Ramasotla, Saulos Mohambi and Kagiso Kobedi (all with the Youth Instructors Course – FIFA, as their highest instructors’ certification), while Onkemetse Masena and Tobokani King have Grassroots Instructors – FIFA certification while Dintwa Dintwa has Referee Instructors Course – BFA certification.

Barobi Ngwako

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GABORONE, Botswana – The Botswana Football Association (BFA) Medical Committee has embarked on the training of compliance officers as per the Return to Play guidelines. The training,  which kicks off today, 24th June with the FRAFA in Francistown will cover all teams in BFA regions being BFL, First Divisions, RFAs leagues as well as the women’s league, and will conclude on July 4 with Tsabong RFA in Tsabong.  

Just recently, the Medical Committee chaired by Dr. Lone Bogwasi hosted a two-day Return to Play workshop aimed at ensuring that a considerable level of set health precautions is always upheld and to support all teams in the BFA structures, making sure they are capacitated, speak one language of ‘hygiene, prevention and prompt recognition’.

“The medical profession and the country will look onto us and football to ensure outmost safety of the players during their engagement in footballing activities. A multi-disciplinary approach is needed in our engagement to ensure a holistic approach to caring for the athlete to enable a conducive environment for them to excel,” said Dr. Lone Bogwasi recently.

The committee further seeks to identify areas of need by the football association as well as develop policies regarding sports medical matters locally, amongst them, aspects of sports medicine, nutrition, psychology, sports science including continuous education and research which are part of the evolving field of football medicine.

The BFA Medical Committee include Mpho Bogopa, Dr. Monkgogi Thakgathi, Aldrin Majaye, Kitso Dlamini, Golekanye Morutwa, Kaelo Kgosieyang, Dr. Mwamba Nsebula, Tshepo Makete and Tiroyaone Otimile, and is chaired by Dr. Lone Bagwasi.

“We wish to inform you that through the Medical Committee, we will be embarking on the training of compliance officers as per the Return to Play guidelines. You are therefore requested to invite one medical personnel from each team in your region to attend the workshop. You are further requested to source venue for the workshop as per the training schedule below,” said the BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone G. Taylor today.

“The trainings will be conducted by members of the BFA Medical Committee. You are therefore requested to liaise with the Office of the General Manager, Football Operations and the Regional Coordinator for purposes of coordination of the workshop,” added Taylor.


24th June – FRAFA – Francistown

25th June – Selibe- Phikwe RFA – Selibe Phikwe

26th June – Tswapong, CNRFA & CSRFA – Palapye

27 June – Boteti RFA – Letlhakane

29th June – Nhabe – Maun

3rd July – Chobe – Kasane


29th June – Gaborone City RFA – Gaborone

30th June – BFL, 1st Div. South & SERFA – Gaborone

1st July – SORFA – Kanye

2nd July – Kgatleng RFA – Rasesa

2nd July –  Gantsi RFA – Gantsi

3rd July – Kang & Hukuntsi RFAs – Kang

3rd July – Kweneng RFA – Molepolole

4th July – Tsabong RFA – Tsabong

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