BFA to appoint Mares coach in January

The Mares have been without a permanent head coach due to Gaolethoo Nkutlwisang’s lack of required coaching qualifications PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
The Mares have been without a permanent head coach due to Gaolethoo Nkutlwisang’s lack of required coaching qualifications PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

After securing qualification for WAFCON 2024, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) is actively searching for a new head coach, with a decision expected in January.

Since the departure of Gaolethoo 'Ronaldo' Nkutlwisang in September, who led the Mares at the WAFCON 2022, the side has been without a permanent head coach due to Nkutlwisang's lack of required coaching qualifications. Mohambi Saulos served as an interim coach, overseeing the team in the WAFCON 2024 qualifiers, the COSAFA Women's Championship, and the initial round of the 2024 Olympic Games qualifiers. Despite an impressive 10-1 win over Gabon in the WAFCON qualifiers, Saulos' tenure was cut short.

The team did not progress in the Olympic qualifiers, and they fell short in the COSAFA Championship. Former UB Kicks and Double Action's coach Alex Malete took charge of a two-game assignment against Kenya to secure a spot in the WAFCON 2024 finals. Malete guided the team to a 1-1 draw away to Kenya and sealed the deal with a 1-0 win in Gaborone, securing a second consecutive WAFCON finals berth with a 2-1 aggregate victory.

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