9 October 2018

Botswana: I Am Sorry - Lebogang Ditsele

Gaborone — Jwaneng Galaxy midfielder, Lebogang Ditsele, has tendered a public apology after he was suspended from the national team camp for indiscipline.

According to a letter from Botswana Football Association (BFA) to his club, Ditsele was called for camp in preparation for an AFCON qualifier against Burkina Faso billed for October 13 and 16.

However, Ditsele reportedly brought alcohol and female companions to the national team camp, something that was against the BFA code of conduct.

"By virtue of this communique, we wish to inform your honorable club that we wish to retract his national team call-up for the AFCON Qualifiers game against Burkina Faso as the technical team cannot tolerate such behaviour," said the letter.

Meanwhile, Ditsele has issued a press release stating that his behaviour was extremely inappropriate, immature and lacked respect for Botswana football, the national team, Jwaneng Galaxy and football supporters.

"It was embarrassing and I learnt that nobody appreciated my behaviour. I have every intention of curbing my thoughtless actions and learn to adjust my behaviour befitting Jwaneng Galaxy and football in general," stated the release.

Yarona FM sport presenter, Kagiso 'Fox' Phatsimo, said in an interview that Ditsele situation's was delicate, therefore should be handled with care.

He said it was a national issue because most youth were experiencing it at different levels, therefore the issue threatened to destroy the country's future if not handled with care.

According to Phatsimo, the player needed a second chance, assistance and guidance, given that age was still on his side.

"Let's sit down with him and learn about his upbringing and family background. What elements resulted in the person we know today? Only after answering these questions can we fully understand and help the player. It's not too late for him to get help," he said.

BFA spokesperson, Tumo Mpatane, said the association had an opportunity to talk to all players on how they must conduct themselves when on national duty.

He said they had also ensured that they create an enabling environment for the players to be open to advice as well as talking about their problems.

"Going forward we are going to try and ensure that every camp that comes around, we will engage our players in terms of personal and professional development," he said.

Source : BOPA

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