The newly appointed Botswana Football Association (BFA) Technical Director, Serame Letsoaka, says coaching education remains pivotal towards developing football. This, he said, relies heavily on the training and production of highly assessed and accredited mentors.
Letsoaka, who is also a FIFA and CAF instructor, made the comments during a media briefing on Thursday on the CAF B Diploma Coaching Course. He said football should be about development and has praised the potential he has found in Botswana.
He said the development of coaches will help in improving the current and ailing poor performances of the national teams in all spheres. “We have to develop better coaches and managers who will know what to do both on and off the field and produce coaches that will have confidence to run training sessions as per the demands of the course,” noted Letsoaka.
Letsoaka – a South African national – is of the view that coaches should be teachers of football to players of a tender age from Under-13 category.
He said the CAF Coaching Diploma will be divided into two phases during the 20-days training with FIFA expected to send a delegate for the assessment and accreditation of the coaches into the coaching stream. He urged the participants to show high level of enthusiasm.
Letsoaka also applauded BFA for being supportive and keen on development of local coaches as this could improve their marketability both locally and abroad.
For his part, BFA CEO Mfolo Mfolo hailed the BFA Coaches Association for their cooperation which is yielding positive results.
Mfolo said the future of the national teams’ lies with the participants in the course as they will be expected to bring out results based on the acquisition of knowledge from the programme. He said the BFA will continue to support the Technical Director in his local football rejuvenating mission and strategies.
“Development of football has been neglected. As a result, the burden of development lies with you the coaches and we thank Letsoaka for being part of us. He is a diamond to our football and all necessary support will be given to his office,” charged Mfolo.
He expressed serious concern about the poor results that continue to be generated by the national teams in the international competitions; reiterating that the restructuring of national teams’ coaches is something to look at should results not improve.
“We are expecting all our soccer national teams not to grace tournaments as participants but to compete and make the nation proud. The BFA keeps continuing to avail resources for the teams to do well,” Mfolo said.
He urged the national teams to take competitions more seriously and reverse the frightening and habitual trend of going for participation than competing.