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Namibia FA thanks BFA for support

GABORONE, Botswana – The Namibia Football Association (NFA) has expressed gratitude to the Botswana Football Association (BFA) for its generosity after including it in the recent and vital International Instructors Course (IIC) powered by the German Football Association (DFB).

“On behalf of the entire Namibia Football Association, the Executive Members under the leadership of President Mr. Ranga Haikali and Secretariat led by Mr. Franco Cosmos, I would like to extend a word of great appreciation to BFA as well the DFB. Let me also recognize the BFA Technical Department spearheaded by my fellow Technical Director and colleague, Dr. Carolin Braun for partnering with Namibia on this prestigious International Instructors Course,” said Jaqueline Shipanga, NFA Technical Department.

Shipanga noted that these types of courses are very rare in Africa and even in the world at large, that specifically focus on the empowerment and Capacity Building of Coaching Instructors. 

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“We received great reviews from all the (9) Instructors that attended the course.  It was one of the best courses conducted, that challenged their roles as Instructors, football knowledge, methodology and especially enhancing their virtual technical presentation skills,” said Shipanga adding that, “Finally to DFB, you have always remained a great partner for the Namibian Football Development, more specifically through the expert services of former NFA Technical Director, Klaus Staerk.”

Aptly tagged ‘DFB International Instructor Course (IIC)’ from the German Football Association, the unique 5-day online class held last month wasdesigned to educate instructors of all levels in organised football, as part of the “International Sports Promotion.”

The BFA Acting Technical Director, Carolin Braun recently added that, “the course offered 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.”

BFA Ag TD, Dr Carolin Braun

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GABORONE, Botswana – The Botswana Football Association (BFA) Medical Committee has embarked on the training of compliance officers as per the Return to Play guidelines. The training,  which kicks off today, 24th June with the FRAFA in Francistown will cover all teams in BFA regions being BFL, First Divisions, RFAs leagues as well as the women’s league, and will conclude on July 4 with Tsabong RFA in Tsabong.  

Just recently, the Medical Committee chaired by Dr. Lone Bogwasi hosted a two-day Return to Play workshop aimed at ensuring that a considerable level of set health precautions is always upheld and to support all teams in the BFA structures, making sure they are capacitated, speak one language of ‘hygiene, prevention and prompt recognition’.

“The medical profession and the country will look onto us and football to ensure outmost safety of the players during their engagement in footballing activities. A multi-disciplinary approach is needed in our engagement to ensure a holistic approach to caring for the athlete to enable a conducive environment for them to excel,” said Dr. Lone Bogwasi recently.

The committee further seeks to identify areas of need by the football association as well as develop policies regarding sports medical matters locally, amongst them, aspects of sports medicine, nutrition, psychology, sports science including continuous education and research which are part of the evolving field of football medicine.

The BFA Medical Committee include Mpho Bogopa, Dr. Monkgogi Thakgathi, Aldrin Majaye, Kitso Dlamini, Golekanye Morutwa, Kaelo Kgosieyang, Dr. Mwamba Nsebula, Tshepo Makete and Tiroyaone Otimile, and is chaired by Dr. Lone Bagwasi.

“We wish to inform you that through the Medical Committee, we will be embarking on the training of compliance officers as per the Return to Play guidelines. You are therefore requested to invite one medical personnel from each team in your region to attend the workshop. You are further requested to source venue for the workshop as per the training schedule below,” said the BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone G. Taylor today.

“The trainings will be conducted by members of the BFA Medical Committee. You are therefore requested to liaise with the Office of the General Manager, Football Operations and the Regional Coordinator for purposes of coordination of the workshop,” added Taylor.

TRAINING SCHEDULE – FIRST DIVISION NORTH, EASTERN & NOTHERN BLOCKS

24th June – FRAFA – Francistown

25th June – Selibe- Phikwe RFA – Selibe Phikwe

26th June – Tswapong, CNRFA & CSRFA – Palapye

27 June – Boteti RFA – Letlhakane

29th June – Nhabe – Maun

3rd July – Chobe – Kasane

TRAINING SCHEDULE – FIRST DIVISION SOUTH, WESTERN & SOUTHERN BLOCKS

29th June – Gaborone City RFA – Gaborone

30th June – BFL, 1st Div. South & SERFA – Gaborone

1st July – SORFA – Kanye

2nd July – Kgatleng RFA – Rasesa

2nd July –  Gantsi RFA – Gantsi

3rd July – Kang & Hukuntsi RFAs – Kang

3rd July – Kweneng RFA – Molepolole

4th July – Tsabong RFA – Tsabong

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