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Women football managed efficiently can transform lives

FRANCISTOWN, Botswana – The Botswana Football Association (BFA) National Executive Committee (NEC) Women representative, Lobito Ncube has called on the Women National Committee (WNC) to realize the potential women football has in the advancement of football.  

Speaking at the WNC meeting held at Adansonia Hotel in Francistown this past Saturday, Ncube urged the committee to give her adequate support in moving women football forward. Furthermore, Ncube called on the WCN to makewomen football representation present across all regions and structures of the FA. 

The Saturday meeting was the first to be held between WCN and the BFA NEC Women Representative member since efforts to meet in the past did not materialize due to challenges brought about due to Covid-19. 

“We need to robustly work together to enhance the potential in all of our members in the committee to fully function women football. In the past we have had extensive support from FIFA and we need to take advantage of that. FIFA came to Botswana and sat with this same committee where they assisted us with the Women Football Strategy, which gave women football a lifeline,” said Ncube.

Ncube further acknowledged her predecessors for the contribution they have made to women football over the years.

She shared that at the recent NEC engagement, a consensus was reached that women football will be a priority in the FA, giving assurance to WNC’s prowess of developing women football.

National Women Committee chairperson, Itsholeng Disang

“Therefore, it is important that from this meeting we come out stronger and more than ready. It is worth mentioning that, for the past few years in all international competitions for all our national teams and besides the challenges that we are already facing with our local leagues, we have seen women football growing and representing our country very well in international competitions,” highlighted Ncube.

For her part, National Women Committee chairperson, Itsholeng Disang said, “This is an opportunity for us to share information on all important and essential aspects around women football, discuss roles of NWC and that of the members of the committee. We need to make surewe all stand for the girl child and utilize Ncube’s presence in the BFA NEC to foster our growth.”

At the end of the meeting, twelve (12) resolutions which are expected to guide the phase of women football were met;

Resolutions 

  1. Cascade women football strategy to the Block and Regional as well as increase number of regions taking part in women football. 
  2. Increase the number of teams per region participating in women football. 
  3. Strengthen categorized age based youth development teams within women football so to guard against MRI arising issues. 
  4. Accelerate club licensing at women football in line with CAF requirements (currently clubs wishing to participate in the CAF women champions league have to undergo club license which they are not familiar with). 
  5. Encourage competitions amongst women football teams by introducing incentives for top performing teams without leaving the emerging ones behind. 
  6. Structure woman’s Football Competition to develop a clear pathway 
  7. Set standards for women coaches at national team level just as it is done with the male counterparts section, to include better remuneration packages. 
  8. Review the appointment/election of the women football committee to make it relevant to the current demands of women football. 
  9. Solicit for sponsorship specifically for women football. 
  10. Appoint women football sponsorship committee to solely concentrate on women football partnerships 
  11. Train more women football administrators, referees and coaches with clear target and timelines.
  12. Have women teams fully register for FIFA connect.

 

 

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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 www.cosafa.tv 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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