Wednesday, October 27, 2021

La Liga magic expected to rub off on Botswana

Botswana football seems en route to get the quickest rub of the green from the recently penned collaboration with Spain’s Primera Divisi├│n or La Liga.

Speaking during the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between La Liga and Botswana Premier League (BPL), the Director of La Liga’s Offices in Africa Antonio Barradas said the country will be part of La Liga’s ‘It Is Possible’ project.

The project, which will be facilitated by experts from La Liga, scheduled for the 26th of this month (February), will be hosted at the Alexander township of Johannesburg, South Africa.

“Possible will be a project in which we will bring trainers from Spain to train the trainers at school level,” Barradas explained.

In a development likely to resonate with the Botswana Football Association (BFA) leadership which has launched an ambitious grassroots football development drive, the country will send coach trainers to South Africa to be part of those trained by the La Liga experts.

From the expertise gathered from the La Liga facilitated project, the trainers will then be expected to train coaches at school level.

“We believe very much that what Africa needs is somebody to train their trainers and it starts at grassroots level,” said Barradas.

“You can train the kid at 16 or 17 years of age but it will never be same as when you train the kid from five (5) years because when that kid is sixteen or seventeen he will have learnt all the skills,” he added.

He said while African football was similar to Spanish football, the latter seems to have done something right over the years as Spain has produced some of the world’s best players, hence their keenness to share their experiences with Africa and the World.

Going forward, Barradas said the La Liga will bring trainers of trainers to Botswana to conduct training workshops for coaches at grassroots level.

Commenting on the matter, BFA second vice president Marshlow Motlogelwa lauded the MoA as ‘a significant milestone’ in the association’s ongoing efforts to develop football locally.

“There are football academies, that is one of the objectives that La Liga is driving and they will also be supporting us in a big way in terms of training local coaches, referees and many others such as youth development, which as you all know our strategies underpinned with a programme of youth development,” Motlogelwa said.

“We are very passionate when it comes to development of football in Botswana because we believe that for us to go somewhere or develop our football, we need to strengthen our development structures,” he concluded.

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