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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 is ready to resume play

GABORONE, Botswana – The Botswana Football Association (BFA) this afternoon (Friday) hosted a virtual media briefing where it presented its readiness to return to the pitch. 

The media briefing which was hosted at Lekidi Football Centre in Gaborone was led by the BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone G. Taylor and her team of experts; amongst them Head of Competitions, Setete Phuthego, Medical team, Dr. Lone Bagwasi, BFA Legal eagle, Pako Moakofhi as well as Botswana Football League (BFL) CEO, Solomon Ramochotlhwane.
 
Subsequent to today’s media briefing, the BFL is also expected to roll out their plan to the media next week Tuesday.

BFA PRO Tumo Mpatane directing the media briefing

 
Today’s media session follows the recent publication by the Botswana Government allowing for the resumption of competitive sports after a lull due to the outbreak of COVID-19.  
 
In her remarks, Taylor emphasized that the BFA is ready and raring to return to play, adding that the secretariat has adopted a phased approach where all the BFA structures will be capacitated to speak one language of hygiene, prevention, and prompt recognition.

Botswana Football League (BFL) CEO, Solomon Ramochotlhwane.    

The BFA Return to Play roll-out plan will commence with training sessions by national teams and BFL teams subject to authorization by the Medical Committee from June 14, 2021. However, friendly matches and pre-season tournaments will not be allowed at this phase.
 
BFA is desirous of hosting pre season tournaments but these will be subject to negotiations with sponsors to agree the roll out plan . The 2021/22 season has been declared to start from August 28, 2021 – May 29th, 2022. The BFA indicated that there will be continuous monitoring and evaluation at each phase to ensure compliance.
 
Still under the first phase, Taylor said from June 28, 2021, all First Division leagues, RFA, Women Football will be allowed to resume training. The period, according to the BFA will allow for training of SHE Officers and to allow Regional Leadership to inspect the resources that the clubs have and to check compliance.

BFA Legal eagle, Pako Moakofhi

“We are happy for the recent announcement allowing for competitive sports, particularly football to resume play. The BFA is ready, and all our 17 regions are going to be trained effective 24 June to 3rd July to align accordingly with our Return to play plan. During this time, there will also be an appointment and training of compliance officers,” said Taylor adding that teams are further expected to equip themselves with screening points.
 
She noted that pre-competition medical assessment of not more than 2-weeks prior to competitive football will be compulsory.

One of the journalists, Tshepo Molwane fielding questions to the BFA CEO, Taylor

 
“A 4-6week preparatory training phase is critical ahead of the start of competitive sport. In the 1st 2 weeks, divided training sessions are highly recommended, with teams divided in to four groups of 8 people. Also, ahead of match day, stadiums should be disinfected and fumigated. No spectators will be allowed at stadiums and training grounds,” said Taylor.

The CEO stressed that the host team shall be responsible for all logistics, and where a player or official is infected, all public health protocols will be followed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

BFA CEO Taylor (centre) addressing the media

 
Furthermore, Taylor cautioned that any team which fails to meet the minimum set requirements shall not be allowed to resume play.
 
“CAF and FIFA guidelines to be followed should there be ambiguity and costs to be split between BFA and the teams,” she added.

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