Botswana senior national football team, The Zebras, are the first to reap the benefits of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which was signed between the Botswana Football Association (BFA) and the Federation of Morocco Football Association (FMRF).
The team is currently in a training camp in Morocco, where it is hosted by the FMRF.
“These are the benefits of the MoU we signed with the FMRF,” gushed BFA Public Relation Officer (PRO) Tumo Mpatane.
Under the MoU, which was signed in Rabat, Morocco, on March 9, both parties intend to work together for the development of football.
As per the terms of the MoU, both the BFA and the FMRF shall, among others, work together and facilitate the organisation of friendly matches of national senior, local and Olympic teams.
According to Mpatane, all the BFA had to do was pay for the team’s flight tickets and allowances, while the FMRF takes care of all the other expenses.
Mpatane further revealed that apart from taking care of all the other expenses, the FMRF has also availed to the Zebras some of its ‘state of the art facilities’ as well as personnel to help them.
“If you remember well, our goalkeeper coach was left behind due to some visa complications. The FMRF has thus availed to us a goalkeeper coach to work with our goalkeepers during the camp,” he revealed.
Aside from the goalkeeper coach, the BFA PRO further revealed that the FMFR had also availed to Botswana a physical trainer to bring up the physical levels of the Zebras players.
Going into the future, Mpatane said the same benefits will also transcend to the youth set-up, where football camps for youth categories (U-15, U-17 and U-20) and women’s national teams will be organised.
“As the association, this agreement is the best thing to happen to us and we are celebrating over it,” Mpatane said.
Meanwhile, Mpatane said the BFA had also sent a delegation to Morocco with the Zebras on a benchmarking exercise.
This comes as the partnership also covers local football’s administrative staff, including coaches and referees.
Among those sent to Morocco on a benchmarking exercise are the likes of Tokyo Modise as well as National Women’s Football Committee Chairperson Itsholeng Disang.
Other areas to be covered under the MoU include the development of sports event programmes and training workshops, mutual support between sports training centres and promoting the development of youth football.
According to the BFA, the agreement is for two years and it is renewable, with both the two parties expected to review it when it elapses.
It is also said that the agreement is open for termination by either of the two parties prior to its expiration date.
Should any party wish to do such, it will have to notify the other party in writing at least three months prior to termination.