Amrouche wants Botswana stars to aim for Europe


Botswana national team coach Adel Amrouche, who has a reputation of helping players move to better leagues, has reiterated that his desire is to have more Zebras players plying their trade in more competitive leagues.

Amrouche has assisted four national team players move outside Botswana since taking over the job in 2019, and has been accused of playing agent.

But the former Burundi mentor, who assisted over 20 players move abroad during his five-year stint with the Swallows, has cleared the air on the matter.

“Those are baseless accusations and I am not an agent. I use my connections from the people I know to assist my players so that they can play in top leagues internationally,” he explained.

He believes if players are sent abroad they gain experience and exposure which is necessary for the national team.

To his credit, the Algiers-born coach helped ship the trio of Simisani Mathumo, Kabelo Seakanyeng and Tumisang Orebonye to Morocco second tier side Olympique Club de Khouribga (OCK).

The Fifa-accredited instructor explained that the OCK coach was in his Uefa Pro License class. “I always tell my players to aim high and must aspire to play in Europe where there are professional leagues and better money,” Amrouche added.

Botswana doesn’t have many success stories of players plying their trade in Europe. Diphetogo ‘Dipsy’ Selolwane had a stint in Denmark during his playing days while Seakanyeng also featured in Malta briefly last year.

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By FARPost Reporter

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