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BFA Proposes A 30-Year Stadium Lease To Francistown

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) wishes to distance itself from the story carried in page 23 of the Weekend Post of Saturday 13-19 February 2016,  headed ‘BFA proposes a 30-year stadium lease to Francistown’.

While the BFA and the Francistown City Council (FCC) continue to engage on a variety of issues, including the future of the Old Francistown Stadium, no part of the engagements are ready for public consumption. While the BFA is not at liberty at the moment to divulge the direction and the tone of the engagements with the FCC, and even if it had monumental financial resources, it would never embark on the development of ‘a world class sports facility’ in a city that already has one, when other parts of the country in dire need do not have any.

The last paragraph of the story in question suggests that ‘Both the BFA and the FCC confirmed that the two organisations are working on a modality of transforming the Francistown stadium into an internationally recognised sports facility but could not be drawn into discussing much’. The BFA has never been invited to comment on the story and, as such, would have never issued such a confirmation.

The BFA however confirms that it continues to pursue land and such other necessary facilities throughout the country; especially as desired by its affiliates and would, as best as possible, treat its affiliates and stakeholders as equitably as possible.

The BFA, through its office, continues to be available to issue such clarity as may be necessary; to which end it encourages any media house, individual, group of individuals or any entity to engage it on such matters that concern them (the BFA) and national football activities.

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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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