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Five-a-side league kicks off

Botswana Football Association technical department on Saturday 2nd March kick-started a pilot project 5 aside league in Kasane. The league which has 10 teams is aimed at keeping the young players of Under 20 level active where they are unable to have full leagues. The project will touch Lobatse, Gantsi, Tsabong and Letlhakane, with kickoff for the Boteti region set for Saturday 09th March 2019.

The five-a-side leagues in every area will have 10 woman’s teams and boys teams to keep the players active and help in increasing the number of players in these regions. Woman’s desk officer Barobi Ngwako has highlighted that some regions have strangled in having good numbers for the woman’s game and hence why this was a good alternative to help give the woman a playing chance and also keep players active. Ngwako highlighted that she hoped this will create an entrest on the girl child for football. Woman’s 5aside league in Lobatse was launched on Saturday 2nd March 2019 and will also be rolled to the above-mentioned areas.

Technical director Serame Letsoaka says this league will be important in areas that do not have elite youth league and help in identifying talent for the 11 aside games. The leagues will run for this year and later be evaluated to see the impact they have on the growth of players and the game as a whole.

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Kgatleng Regional FA lauded for leading Operation Time For Change

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone G. Taylor yesterday (Friday) officially closed the 5-day FIFA-approved Administration and Management drill dubbed ‘Operation Time for Change’ for the Kgatleng Regional Football Association held at Rasesa Lodge in Rasesa.

The program is intended to achieve a renewal in terms of how football is managed at all levels throughout the country, facilitated by FIFA instructor and consultant, Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting. The objectives of the programme include the empowerment of leaders, both Regional Structures and Clubs, on the management of the game; engaging participants on the importance of Stakeholder management, as well as identifying for further training prospective national course instructors in Administration and Management, with a view that once qualified, they will continue to train up and coming Administrators in the Regions on football administration.

An exciting moment for the Kgatleng FA was the fact that Taylor was making her first engagement with the regional association following her recent appointment at the helm of the Botswana FA.

The CEO said the BFA will reach its set targets and mission of developing football from grassroots levels with the help of the regional FAs and urged them to fully partake in all operations and agendas availed and offered by the secretariat. The program sees more than 600 participants across the country benefiting at a cost over P4 million courtesy of football’s world governing body, FIFA, and Taylor said it will be imperative for those who have immensely benefited to share the vast knowledge with their peers, so everybody is on par with the level of understanding in modern football principles.

BFA management posing for a picture with Kgatleng Regional FA leadership

“This course has been a game changer as it empowers the clubs. For football to grow, we need to continue equipping our stakeholders more, and the Operation Time for Change project has the potential to change the landscape of our football and take it forward, to levels never imagined. With about 600 expected to graduate from this course across regional FAs, I therefore challenge those that have benefited to share their acquired knowledge, so we broaden our spectrum in football. We all need to play our part by contributing towards football development. The Kgatleng Regional FA has shown growth characterized by the establishment of an office, which will be used by the region to facilitate all matters of football and this will further make football a formidable brand.  Also, let me thank Mr. Mamelodi for continuing to share all his vast football experience with our regional FAs,” said Taylor.

For his part, Ashford Mamelodi of Mamelodi Consulting said the weeklong training with the Kgatleng Regional FA was extremely refreshing and engaging.

“We spoke to all the principles of professional football and administration. As we end with all, but one region remaining, we stay hopeful that the BFA will continue harnessing our knowledge by availing this type of programs in future. The Kgatleng Regional FA seems to be doing well, and they’re truly a shining example in matters related to football development. Quite pleasing is the fact that most clubs in the region own land and playing grounds. This is a welcome development as it shows grow and potential,” said Mamelodi.

The Kgatleng Regional FA Chairperson, Thabang Seleke said encouraged by the just concluded BFA Administration and Management course, him and his troops will start a campaign to raise at least 500 balls aimed at encouraging grassroots development in the region in a quest to revive the spirit of football and its fanfare.

One of the delegates and the Kgatleng Regional FA Disciplinary Committee member, Moses Mariri said thanked the Kgatleng Regional FA leadership for its readiness in football transformation.

BFA CEO Taylor

Furthermore, Mariri said local football must be packaged in an attractive manner to make it more appealing to potential sponsors and fans. As such, Mariri said more education is needed especially on football branding.

“The Kgatleng Regional FA leadership has been consistent with information particularly with regards to learning more new methods of football. This will further unearth raw talent and new ideas that can improve our football,” said Mariri.

All the participants were awarded certificates of attendance.  From Kgatleng, the Operation Time for Change program will call it a wrap in Palapye from 10th – 14th May 2021 with the Central/North Regional FA (Serowe).

 

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