Nhabe Regional Football Association (NRFA) will this weekend conduct election for their streams committees ahead of regional leagues scheduled to commence in November this year.
The elections will start in Shakawe on Saturday followed by Gumare on Sunday and then be completed in Maun next weekend on October 29th.
NRFA Chairperson, Norman Sebele told Times Sport that the region will complete their stream committees’ elections this month to pave way for the stream committees and regional clubs to start their preparations for the commencement of league one scheduled for November 12.
He explained that in all the three streams of Shakawe, Gumare and Maun they are going to elect division one, youth and women committees. The past committees were dissolved last week during the regional annual general assembly (AGA).
“We want to start our league early so that we can complete it on time and prepare for other important things that can help grow our local football, among them the proposed top four tournament that we would like to host every season after the league so as to raise funds for the region and clubs,” he added.
Sebele noted that though the league will start soon they are still a little bit behind regarding sponsorship logistics and the final agreement with their potential investor. Sebele revealed that very soon they will unveil a sponsorship deal that will help their clubs and the region to be financially stable.
“We are cooking something special for our region and very soon we will unveil it to the public therefore we urge our clubs and football lovers in this region to be patient for the good things that are coming,” he assured.
Meanwhile the NRFA Secretary Maipelo Malatlhe has confirmed that the region has graduated 39 coaches in Shakawe under the Botswana Football Association (BFA) C License batch.
She added that the 39 coaches comprise of representatives from all the teams around Okavango and out of them, 35 are men while 4 are women.
One of the female graduates, Tlhokomelang Ngaka said she is happy to have graduated in a class dominated by men. She has promised to work with all development structures in Shakawe to help grow young footballers, especially the girl child.
“Though we were few in this course we are however going to make sure that we encourage other ladies to take part in the next coaching courses in the region so that they can also help empower others,” she assured.