Botswana FA clear air over Zebras camp unrest rumours

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The Botswana Football Association (BFA) has moved swiftly to dispel allegations of harassment of national team players, racism and maladministration.

BFA CEO Thabiso Kebotsamang assured football stakeholders that the national team’s preparations for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers were well on track.

Kebotsamang said “everything was in order within the national team camp” despite reports of disharmony.

Zebras coach Adel Amrouche called up a 30-men provisional squad last week and remains with 27 after three were released from camp for various reasons.

The trio of Orapa United fullback Lesenya Ramoraka, Tshepo Maikano and Mishani Thupa, who both turn out for Gaborone United, has been released. According to Kebotsamang, Ramoraka and Thupa left due to injuries.

“He came to be assessed by our national team doctor as the coach can pick a player with an injury and assess through (SIC) later for a second opinion on their injuries, while Maikano left on personal matters (SIC). All I know is that he has assured the technical team he will certainly be happy for the next call up,” said Kebotsamang.

Kebotsamang also cleared the air on allegations that Amrouche only wants to work with expatriates. The former Harambee Stars coach is assisted by the local duo of Letang Kgangwenyane of BDF XI and goalkeeper coach Kagiso Tshelametsi of Sua Flamingos.

The team’s physical trainer is Christophe Baudez, an expatriate.

“Regarding allegations that the national team coach prefers to work with expatriates as opposed to locals, Kebotsamang affirmed that as per international practice coaches always choose to bring their own support staff ranging from assistant coach, video analyst and physical trainer, and in Adel’s case, he brought in only Baudez while the rest of the technical team is made up of Batswana,” read the statement.

The Zebras, who are placed third in Group H, welcome Zimbabwe on 22 March in Francistown before visiting Algeria a week later. They trail second-placed Zimbabwe by just a point.

Meanwhile, BFA has appointed a new team manager Harry Koata, who also serves as general manager of Masitaoka FC. His role, the association said, is to primarily act as liaison between the technical team and the secretariat.

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By FARPost Reporter

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