20 May 2019

Botswana to Pilot Strategy

Gaborone — The world football governing body, FIFA has chosen Botswana as the only African country to pilot women's football strategy.

Speaking at the Women's football annual general assembly on May 18, Botswana Football Association (BFA) National Executive Committee women's football representative, Tsoseletso Magang said Botswana was selected by FIFA to develop and implement the strategy and to ensure that milestones were achieved and everything was done according to plan.

Magang said FIFA's aim was to see to the success of the strategy; hence more focus would be on the person, who would drive the strategy.

She further said Botswana would work closely with FIFA to monitor progress on the development and implementation of the strategy.

"Therefore, it is important for us that as we start, we must set a very clear plan and path that will guide us as women football-Botswana," she said.

She said the strategy development would compel stakeholders to work with them in dedicating resources to ensure that all was on track in the implementation of the strategy.

"There is no how we can implement that strategy without resources and when we talk about resources, we are talking about human resources, funds and committed people," she said.

Magang further urged women football administrators to commit to the strategy, adding that she would 'walk the walk' in ensuring that the strategy was developed and implemented.

According to FIFA website, the federation's endeavour is to expand women participation in football by not only promoting football in areas where it is not currently played but to develop the game even in areas where it is already established.

The website further states that FIFA will implement new programmes and initiatives to broaden participation, many of which will seek to improve upon existing pathways for women to participate and add unique dimensions to the game.

Source : BOPA

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