Zebras race to get their coach

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Gaborone – The Botswana Football Association (BFA) is racing against time to ensure men’s national soccer team coach Adel Amrouche arrives on time from Belgium to take charge of the side ahead of an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Zambia in November. 

The coach has to be tested for COVID-19 and quarantined for 10 days as per health protocols.

While Botswana is frantically trying to get its coach in office, Zambia are already fine-tuning for the qualifier by organising friendly matches against South Africa and Kenya.

BFA spokesperson Tumo Mpatane said there was no reason to press the panic button as they expected the coach “soon”. Meanwhile, caretaker coach Pio Paul and goalkeepers coach Kagiso Tshelametsi were handling matters for the Zebras.

Paul was quoted on the BFA website saying focus was on ensuring the players were back in shape after the extended disruption caused by COVID-19. He also said Amrouche was directing daily training sessions virtually.

Tshelametsi added: "I am happy with the progress of my goalkeepers, they have shown hunger and desire to compete again, we will continue to work hard and earn our stripes.”

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