Football in Botswana
Football is Botswana's favourite sport. While the national team has not yet enjoyed any tangible success on the field, it has in recent years improved considerably on the 154th place it occupied in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking in 2001. The names of two men are inextricably linked with the fortunes of Botswanan football: Major Stanley Tshosane, the current coach of the national team (the Zebras), and Captain Lesika Keatlholetswe, the technical director of the Botswanan FA. Keatlholetswe was the man who introduced U-5 - U-17 youth development programmes and also initiated major improvements to the level of education received by the coaches of youth teams in Botswana's major cities and villages.
The Goal Project
On 29 October 2001, the Goal Bureau approved a technical centre including the association headquarters and two grass pitches in Gaborone. The project is being financed by Goal and the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme, while the government donated the land for the centre. The centre will mainly play host to the national teams' training camps and preparations for international matches, but it will also hold gatherings of the very best young players, and host coaching courses as part of the above-mentioned programme.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Technical centre and two grass pitches in Gaborone
Project approved
29 October 2001
Opened on 19 February 2005
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 82,890 Government USD 400,000 Total cost USD 882,890