Nhabe Regional Football Association will conduct Intermediate Coaching Courses in Maun and Shakawe from this month to September under the auspices of the Botswana Football Association (BFA)
Secretary of the Association Maipelo Malatlhe, has said a total of 65 coaches in the region will be trained for BFA B and C License in Maun and Shakawe respectively.
Of this number, 30 coaches will come from -Maun for the B License while 35 will be from Nhabe-Shakawe for the C License, with the B License courses conducted in three phases.
Malatlhe explained that Phase 1 and 2 is for teaching practice which will be conducted from July 4th up to the 1st of August with breaks in between phases to allow coaches to do practicals at their respective teams. Phase 3, set from 15th to 22nd August 2022 will be for the final completion of the course, theory and issuance of the certificates.
As for C License, Maratlhe indicated that the course will be conducted in Shakawe from August 15th -22nd and 22nd – 29th August for phase 1 offering teaching practice. Phase 2 which offers theory and issuance of certificates will resume from 12th -19th of September.
Course instructors for B License will be Philemon Makwengwe, Ricardo Marape and Moffat Ramasotla. Tshepo Mphukuthi, Rrenyana Dikole and Phalalo Nketsang on the other hand will be in Shakawe to conduct the C-License.
Meanwhile, Instructor Ricardo Marape said the B License will help local coaches in terms of CAF licensing for them to work locally and regionally. He explained that the B License local is equivalent to the CAF B License therefore coaches from these courses will allow them to coach in the Premier League and First Division as Head Coaches.
Marape further revealed that through the CAF convention, the B License local has improved content that has more weight than the previous one therefore those who will do well in the courses will have an advantage for the CAF Licensing. He added that the C License qualifies one to coach at grassroots level, amateur teams and also as assistant coach at the First Division and other lower division.
“The course will help teams in terms of club licensing as many teams have issues with their coaches lacking these licenses to qualify them to coach in the First Division and the Premier League locally,” he told Times Sport.
For his part Etsha Morning Stars Football Club Tshepiso Semende welcomed the development, adding that it will meaningfully help him and his team as they are looking forward to qualify for the First Division North in the upcoming play-offs set for Kasane.
He said the training will be his first ever professional coaching course despite his vast experience in football in terms of managing young boys of his team.
“With my little knowledge of football we managed to do well in our stream to the extend of winning the Nhabe Regional Play-offs. Now with B License in my hand, I will qualify for the Premier League after first season in the First Division North,” he expressed.