Footballers Union of Botswana (FUB) has come to the rescue of local out-of-contract players by securing a spot for them at the upcoming FIFPro Africa Division, Out of Contract Players tournament in South Africa. The 16-man team leave the country tomorrow (Thursday) for South Africa where they will face other players from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Democratic Republic of Congo. Botswana team will start with Zimbabwe to fight for a spot at the finals. The team is coached by Raizer Tsatsilebe.
Speaking at the induction of the players FUB Secretary General Kgosana Masaseng said main objective of the tournament is to try and help the players get employment. Masaseng said different scouts will be present at the tournament and they will be at liberty to sign any player they are interested in. He explained that the tournament is a way of keeping the out of contract players active since they do not have teams to train with. The out of contract players are free agents and they can be signed by any club that require their services. Masaseng urged the players to go out there and sell themselves through the games. Some of the players in the team include former Rollers player Sekhana Koko and Centre Chiefs’ Oteng Moalosi.
Since the players will be going to play outside the country, FUB has entered into a partnership with Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) to sell the country. Director of Brand Botswana International Gaorekwe Gaorekwe said they have taken this opportunity to continue selling Botswana to the world this time through football. Gaorekwe said whenever a group of people travel outside Botswana they automatically become ambassadors of the country. He called on the players to be good ambassadors as they will be travelling to South Africa and help to sell the country while there. “It is your conduct while there that will make people know about Botswana and want to come to see how Batswana live,” said Gaorekwe urging the players to represent the country well.