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FIFA national referees undergo fitness training

GABORONE, Botswana, May 27, 2021 – Two Botswana FIFA registered national referees, Tirelo Mositwane and Kitso Sibanda on Tuesday underwent tests at the Botswana Football Association’s (BFA) Lekidi Football Centre in Gaborone.

Referee’s Manager, Phodiso Rasetshoga said the physical fitness tests are extremely important as they ascertain the level of fitness on all the FA’s 12 FIFA registered referees, so they conform to any international duties keenly, whenever they are assigned.

Botswana top referee, Joshua Bondo has been leading the local lads in securing various   international assignments, where he officiated some matches in the ongoing CAF competitions. It is against this backdrop that the FA Referees’ Manager saw the need to sharpen the two with a physical fitness drill as they await other impending assignments.

Referee Mositwane (in green)

Rasetshoga was speaking at Lekidi Football Centre on Tuesday where two referees Tirelo Mositwane and Kitso Sibanda are yearning for a full fitness under his watch.

“There are two main aspects that we have to work on which are the technical and physical conditioning. The referees need to be aware of their tactics which includes movement in the field, applying, and interpreting the law with tutorials and live situation of a match. The other aspect is physical conditioning of our referees which is one of the core demands of a referee in an international match hence our training at this point,” said Rasetshoga.

He added, “BFA is here to deliver refereeing as we professionalize the game. The significance of physical tests is to ensure quality of the referees in the country.”

Referee Sibanda

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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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