Botswana FA starts up-skilling coaches to plug gap

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By Bakang Mhaladi

Gaborone - The Botswana Football Association (BFA) will embark on a programme meant to improve the quality of coaches after it recently emerged that only three local mentors hold the A-licence.

There are no pro-licence holders in Botswana, a situation, which the new BFA Technical Director Serame Letsoaka said needs urgent attention.

Botswana has had to rely on expatriates to take charge of most of the teams, as the requirements for coaching in the Premier League have been tightened. Only coaches with B or better licences are allowed to be in charge, according to new requirements under CAF's Club Licensing. "If you want good students, you must have good teachers," Letsoaka said as he unveiled his roadmap on coach education this week.

The South African has set himself a target of training 24 pro licence and 210 A-licence holders by 2020. He said this is in response to the "current drought" where the country faces an acute shortage of qualified coaches.Letsoaka, a FIFA instructor, said supply will not exceed demand at the end of the training circle in 2020. "We did our homework and the numbers are what we want. Again, it is fine to train the coaches, if they don't find (coaching) work, there can always look elsewhere but they will have their qualifications. You can train in one field, but if you can't find a job in that particular field, you can always look elsewhere," Letsoaka said.

The former Bafana Bafana assistant coach recently unveiled a three-pronged approach, where he will focus on grassroots, coach education and youth development.

He was appointed on a three-year contract, which began on June 1.

Meanwhile, two Botswana referees, Tshepo Gobagoba and Phodiso Rasetsoga have been selected as part of the panel to handle the COSAFA Under-17.

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