BFA turns to German to rescue ailing football
By Bakang Mhaladi
Gaborone – The Botswana Football Association (BFA) has turned to German football expert, Christoph Rocholl, to assess local football and provide possible solutions.
Botswana’s performance on the international stage has been disappointing over the last 12months, with the Zebras plummeting from 87th to 146 in the world.
Women’s football has not been played in a year, and while the Maclean Letshwiti administration has made strides with youth development, there are still glaring gaps elsewhere.
The German arrived in Botswana to start a two-month diagnosis of Botswana football and he is expected to provide answers at the end of his stay.
Letshwiti, the BFA president, said the Germany football association will meet the costs of the audit, with the local mother body responsible for Rocholl’s internal travel and accommodation expenses.
“He is doing a situational analysis on the state of football in Botswana. After his study, he will then determine the kind of resource we need for our football. Locally, we do not have the expertise and know how,” Letshwiti told local media.
He said they opted for a German expert due to the country’s advanced youth development program.
“They have assisted countries like India and Costa Rica, and the results are evident,” said Letshwiti, who was elected BFA president last year after anchoring his campaign on development.
Rocholl, a football scientist, is expected to travel the length and breadth of Botswana visiting regions, to assess the situation before presenting the outcome to the BFA leadership.
Lack of finance has been at the centre of BFA’s struggles, with the new administration saying it inherited an association P10million in the red.