Botswana: FIFA grant helps Botswana revive grassroots football activities

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Football Association (BFA) have contracted Artificial Grass Africa to revive the country’s old playing natural turf field adjacent to the national stadium in the capital Gaborone with artificial turf.

Maclean Letshwiti, President of the Association, on Wednesday said the project, funded through a grant from FIFA, will be delivered in January 2018.

Letshwiti said the project is the 4th FIFA has funded for BFA worth approximately 4 million Pula (US$390,000) under FIFA's Forward Development Programme crafted by the new leadership of world football governing body's president Gianni Infantino.

“The field was a challenge to maintain due to weather conditions in Botswana. The severe drought that hit the country and led to the water use restrictions and the grass dried up and rendered the ground unusable,” said Letshwiti.

He said the renovation of the field will lead to the technical team being fully engaged, while the Association come alive with football activities such as grassroots and youth development programmes for both boys and girls.

The Association have engaged German Football Expert, Christoph Rocholl, to run a short-term project conducting a feasibility study on long-term football development project and assist in coaches development training.

Rocholl is a sports scientist who works for the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He worked in Costa Rica in the 1980s and helped to develop the youth in general and building academies in particular.

Rocholl is credited with the rise of Costa Rica, who made it to the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014.
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27 september 2017 09:28:44




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