Orapa and Letlhakane mines recently gave the Botswana Football Association (BFA) free use of their sport facilities for use by the 2010 School of Excellence boys and girls teams.
National Youth Development Coach, Jelusic Vesselin, recently visited the mining town of Orapa where he commended Orapa and Letlhakane Mines for playing a positive role in sport development in the country.
Vesselin is a well known former coach of the Botswana national soccer team, Zebras.
According to a media release written by the Public and Corporate Affairs manager, Kesego Kebelaele, Vesselin was in Orapa on April 22nd.
During his visit, he allegedly expressed gratitude to the Mines for having given the BFA free use of their sport facilities for use by the 2010 school of excellence boys’ and girls’ team.
“The BFA greatly appreciates this gesture by your Mines. We are confident that it will go a long way in ensuring the growth of football in Botswana. You have previously availed your football grounds for use (at no cost) by our senior national team and both the Under 20 and Under 23 national teams. Your continued effort in nurturing talent in this code is appreciated,” said Vesselin.
She further states that Vesselin’s sentiments were reiterated by a member of the BFA National Executive Committee, Patrick Mathe, who said that the relationship between his Association and OLM continues to grow in leaps and bounds.
Kebelaele said that the current Orapa and Letlhakane Mines General Manager, Mmetla Masire, emphasised the Mines’ commitment to the development of sport in Botswana.
“We are equally honoured to be hosting the BFA in Orapa and look forward to future partnerships with the Association as we collectively make positive strides in developing talent at grassroots level. We will therefore continue to support sport in Botswana, not only in football but across the different sporting codes. Debswana as a whole is indeed committed to supporting government and other key stakeholders in taking Botswana sport to a whole new level,” echoed Masire.
In Kebelaele’s release, she noted that about 105 boys and girls from across the country were in Orapa on a 12-day training that ran from the 10th of April to April 22nd.
According to the BFA, the training afforded the youngsters immense exposure, which should enable them to emerge better footballers. They were coached by 21 professional coaches, some of whom have trained Botswana’s highly esteemed football stars.