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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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Draw for historic 20th edition of the COSAFA Cup set for Thursday 17th June

The draw for the 2021 COSAFA Cup will be staged in host city Nelson Mandela Bay on Thursday, June 17 as preparations for the historic 20th edition of the regional showpiece competition kick into gear. The 12-team tournament will take place from July 7-18 and returns after the 2020 edition had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The draw will be live on from 11h00, when the fate of the competing teams will be decided.

And there will be plenty of excitement with the addition of west African powerhouse Senegal to the field this year as they make a guest appearance in what is a landmark tournament for COSAFA. The COSAFA Cup has, over the years, launched the careers of a number of top stars from the region and continues to be a major driver of football development on and off the pitch for not just players, but also coaches, match officials and administrators.

The competition will take on a new format for 2021 with the 12 teams split into three groups each containing four teams. This ensures each side will play a minimum of three matches. The top team in each pool, as well as the best second-placed finisher, will advance to the semifinals. There will be no Plate competition.

Zebras will know their opponents on Thursday ahead of the virtual draw

Senegal is the top-ranked side in Africa and sit at number 22 in the world and will make their debut in COSAFA competition. Guest nations from outside the region have, over the years, provided excellent entertainment and a contrast in styles that makes for fascinating viewing. The other 10 sides confirmed so far are no strangers to the COSAFA Cup and include hosts South Africa, defending champions Zambia and record six-time winners Zimbabwe.

Others to have booked their place are Botswana, Comoros Islands, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique and Namibia. The 12th team will be confirmed in the coming days with a number of interested parties. Those who are competing in the group stages of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers that start in September will be eager to use the tournament to fine-tune their preparations for a shot at making the finals in Qatar.

The 19 previous editions of the competition have seen some great performances and incredible games that have been written into the folklore of Southern African football, but only five nations can claim to have lifted the coveted trophy. Zimbabwe (six wins) lead the way, followed by Zambia (five), South Africa (four), Angola (three) and Namibia (one).

Mozambique, Malawi and Botswana have all twice been finalists, but ended up on the losing side on both occasions. Lesotho (2000) are the only other team to reach the decider.   

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