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Tuesday 25 November 2014, 14:26 pm.
BFA keen to nurture 'goose' that lays the golden egg

Following the national Under-17 side's qualification for next year's Africa Youth Championships in Morocco, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) is putting its accent on statutes which will help nurture teams that develop future national team players.
By Staff Writer Wed 26 Nov 2014, 10:41 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: BFA keen to nurture 'goose' that lays the golden egg








The Diamond Zebras made history on Sunday evening when they became the first Under-17 side to qualify for the tournament in North Africa after beating Algeria 4-2 on penalties following a 2-2 stalemate over two legs.

The only other team to have played in the tournament in the mid-90s qualified by virtue of being hosts. And BFA president, Tebogo Sebego sees potential in the trail-blazing team and wants to eliminate wrangles that often destroy players' careers.

"I will try to put emphasis on issues of development, legislation, statutes that protect teams that develop players. Some of these players are distracted by disputes that impact negatively on their playing careers.

We want teams to think big and look at the bigger picture by attaching these players with overseas sides," Sebego told Mmegi Sport.

BFA has had to preside over cases like young Township Rollers' goalkeeper, Bobby Mathe. Two years ago, Mathe was at the centre of a wrangle between Rollers and Mochudi Centre Chiefs.

Rollers claimed to have groomed the young shot-stopper who had moved to Chiefs without their consent. The player is presently turning out for Popa.

Sebego's biggest worry is that if the Under-17 players are not exported now it will be difficult for them to get deals outside Africa at 18. On Sunday evening, Kaizer Kobedi's charges showed much tenacity when they came from behind in the 68th minute.

Once again, Thatayaone Ramatlapeng turned provider of the sole strike that saved the team. Algeria had scored first. Ramatlapeng was also on target when a 10-man Young Zebras drew with Algeria in the first leg at Molepolole late last month.

The finals of the tournament will be held in Morocco between April 13-27 next year. The semi-finalists will represent the continent at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) next October.
The team return home this afternoon.



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