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Coach Nkutlwisang thumps up Bosija’s move to Sundowns Ladies FC

GABORONE, Botswana, May 27, 2021/ – The Botswana women senior national football team coach, Gaoletlhoo Nkutlwisang has shared her indisputable delight following the complete move of her team’s number one goalkeeper, Sedilame Bosija from Bloemfontein Celtics to Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC in the Hollywood Bets Super League in South Africa recently. 

Bosija this week positively affixed her signature on a lucrative two years and 5 months contract with the high-flying Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC.  Reacting to the news, Nkutlwisang, who will need the vast experience of the netminder to keep goals at bay, shared her insights into having many national team players playing in international leagues saying this solidifies the advancement of the national team even further.

“I am delighted about her move. She is still young, it’s a great deal. Her club will also be playing in the women championship with the possibility of a podium finish and that will also expose her to many scouts thus increasing her chances of an overseas move. From a national team perspective, when we have a pool of players that play in top tier international leagues, the level of competitiveness also goes up. Therefore, her move also brings attention to other local players and already teams in Zambia are enquiring about certain players in our squad, and it will be up to our local clubs to mutually agree and bring experience to the national teams,” said Nkutlwisang. 

Goalkeeper Bosija in action

For her part, the 23-year-old goalminder minder said, “since moving to RSA, I have grown as a player because of the league’s competitiveness, and this also gives me an opportunity to learn new skills everyday. The league is competitive, the clubs have good facilities too”.

Bosija also believes that international scouts have already started paying attention to the local players after their good display of football at the last COSAFA tournament.

Whilst emotionally stuck in bidding her former club farewell, the Tutume-born keeper further thanked the management, players, and technical staff of Bloemfontein Celtics for giving her the erstwhile opportunity to don their colors includingrepresenting them with pride.

“I had made a family there (Bloemfontein Celtics) and it wasn’t easy to leave but I would like to thank the Siwelele family for the opportunity they had given me over time. I don’t take it for granted as it contributed to my success thus far,” she concluded.

National team coach Nkutlwisang

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BFA GRANTS AMROUCHE LEAVE OF ABSENCE

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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