Botswana: Warders in Cosafa

Gaborone — Prisons Ladies Football Club has been selected to represent the country at the inaugural COSAFA Champions League next month.

Botswana Football Association (BFA) selected the Warders team after it showed interest, said the associations competitions manager, Phuthego Setete in an interview.

He said the association was not in a position to host play-off games amongst eligible teams to determine the club to represent the country at the tournament.

He said only three teams, Prisons, Double Action and Mexican Girls showed interest to be considered.

Setete said Prisons Ladies met all the set requirements to play in the tournament such as proving that they would be able to honour both their home and away matches.

Furthermore, he said the teams were also requested to produce evidence to show how the club had been operating.

He noted that the information showed the financial status of the club and its ability to participate in the tournament.

He said the Warders satisfied all the requirements and that the association was confident that they would represent the county well in the championship.

Setete also said the champions league would be used as a CAF champion's league qualifier.

He said Africa's governing body would also use club licensing requirements as a prerequisite to compete in the championship.

He also noted that there would be two phases in the competition.

The first, he said, was the qualifying phase and that it would be done through zones.

"The team that wins will proceed to the next stage and play at the final tournament," he said.

Prisons Ladies football team coach, Quelch Moroke said they were yet to receive an official communication from the association.

He said they read about their selection on social media. Meanwhile, the Warders have a number of players who could help them perform well at the tournament.

Refilwe Tshambani, Nancy Baeletsi, Refilwe Ramotserere, Kesegofetse Mochawe, Golebaone Selebatso, Atlang Busang and Nondi Mahlasela are also national team players who will be expected to help their team at the competition.

Source: BOPA

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