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Women’s national team coach names provisional squad for COSAFA

The Botswana women’s national team coach Gaoletlhoo ‘Ronaldoh’ Nkutlusang has named her provisional squad of 27 players for the 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship to be held in South Africa in September.  The squad is a relatively youthful one that features two Under-17 players, while 12 of the players are Under-23.

The coach has revealed that she wants to win this year’s tournament as she seeks a first gold medal since being appointed the head coach for the senior team. The teenagers in her squad were spotted at the recently ended Copa Coca-Cola football schools’ national championship and are Lone Gaofete and Esalenna Galekhutle.

They featured in Under-17 World Cup qualifiers last year, where they beat Zambia but were knocked out by South Africa. The oldest player is the skipper Bonang ‘Bebeto’ Otlhagile, who is 32. Gaoletlhoo will trim the squad to 20 players for the final list for the competition after her training camps. It will be very hard as the players have shown great promise, but she will also consider selecting experience and young blood.

Botswana provisional squad

Goalkeepers: Lesego Gloria Moeng, Refilwe Tshambane, Sedilame Bosija, Tlamelo Pheresi

Defenders: Patricia Motingwa, Godiramang Gonae, Bonang Otlhagile, Masego Montsho, Nancy Baeletsi, Lone Gaofete, Gorata Mogakolodi, Kesegofetse Mochawe, Veronica Mogotsi, Kgomotso Molefe, Keitumetse Kemolebale

Midfielders: Golebaone Selebatso, Nondi Matlhasela, Lebogang Setereke, Lesego Radikakanyo, Bonang Kelefitlhetse, Lesego Keleboge, Balotlhanyi  Johannes

Strikers: Refilwe Tlholakele, Esalenna Galekhutle, Thuto Ramafifi, Masego Nfandiso, Mokgabo Thando

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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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