The Botswana National Sports Council’s Re Bona Ha’s young talent identification programme continued with the launch of football development programme at Westwood English English Medium Primary School, Gaborone last weekend.
Voice Sport was at the event and discovered this is another milestone in the effort to improve the country’s football fortunes in the future. Renowned youth coach Moeteledi Chaenda, a teacher at the school, who made his name at Notwane overseeing the early development of amongst others Zebras stars the Moloi brothers Pontsho and Dirang had this to say:
“Bringing the programme to an English medium school in a middle class neighbourhood has its own benefits. Some of the kids will because of their parents’ financial abilities go to schools overseas and this can only help them develop their skills at a higher level. As we speak we have three former pupils of this school in Manchester and their involvement in school football there will help them develop their skills at a higher level which can only be good for the country. Believe me we have a lot of talent in this area”.
Another who is delighted at Re Ba Bona Ha’s arrival at Westwood is former FIFA referee and now referee’s instructor Glenda Moleofhi who together with Chaenda are in charge of the project. Moleofhi who is also a teacher at the school told Voice Sport: “This programme will help us tap talent from an area which has perhaps been overlooked over the years. We have teams from under 9 to under15 in the school and most of the kids in the teams are talented and show a passion for the sport. Having them practice every weekend will help them develop better and faster”
Meanwhile besides the Westwood students young players living in Phase 4 where the school is situated will also benefit from the programme.
In another development Orange’s new Chief Marketing Officer, Issaetelle Ludovic called on other business houses to take leaf from his company and support football development.
“I am impressed by what the Botswana Football Association is doing to catch young talent and would be most pleased if they can get sponsorship from the corporate world for this project”.
Quizzed on whether Orange would put some money into the project a non committal Ludovic responded: “Orange is already involved in local football but we can try and get our business partners such as cell manufacturers’ Nokia and Samsung to help”
Incidentally Orange sponsors the Zebras, the national under-23 and the country’s premier youth competition, the Orange Youth Cup, formerly The Voice Youth Cup.