The recognition of women participation in football in the country is reaching a high magnitude for the sport.
The Botswana Football Association (BFA) woman Assistant Referee, Botsalo Mosimanewatlala, has gone against all odds by overshadowing men in the male dominated sport.
The assistant referee is climbing the upper ladder and her commitment is not only seen in the domestic matches but she has since been recognized internationally.
Mosimanewatlala and a local woman, referee Itumeleng Methikga officiated at the ongoing 2020 African Under 17 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers-Preliminary game between South Africa and Zambia played in South Africa.
Mosimanewatlala‘s career has taken her to higher heights in local football. She recently officiated at the first leg of the Mascom Top 8 Knockout tournament semifinals last weekend where city rivals, Township Rollers and BDF XI clashed against each other. The game was won by Rollers by three goals to 1 for BDF.
In an interview with Mosimanewatlala, she noted that, over the past the weekend she experienced a high profile game. She observed that the intensity of the game was high because the duo, Rollers and BDF XI, occupy reverential positions in the Botswana Premier League (BPL).
The number one lady assistant referee won the 2019 prestigious Mascom Top 8 Assistant Referee of the tournament award, she “it is opening doors of opportunities for my profession as a refereeing.
“The award opened some avenues for me. It gave me the opportunity to fully participate in the elite league and paved way for me to be recognized as one of the elite referees in Confederation of African Football (CAF) and International Federation of Association Football (FIFA),”stated Mosimanewatlala.
As a woman in the football, Mosimanewatlala is a perfomer who needs support from all football affiliates and football lovers to nurture her talent. She said she is content with how the BFA has helped her to progress thus far. She was a referee at the national First division league for two years and is currently appointed in the Premier league to gain exposure to officiate in high profile matches.
“I have gained a lot of experience officiating in both first and the elite premier leagues. The experience has come in handy for me while officiating in the international CAF and the FIFA women’s tournaments. I consider myself to have gained vital experience to officiate at high profile matches,” she said.