Newly elected Kgatleng Football Association Vice Chairperson Technical Stephen Phetlhe says his committee intends to involve as many stakeholders as possible in their quest to take football to the next level.
Speaking at the picking of players for the junior teams to kick start the region’s youth development initiative last Saturday, Phetlhe said football in Botswana can only get better with the involvement of all who are willing and able.
“Our plan to develop young players and improve in other areas as well we need input not only from sports authorities but from business, local authorities, youth oriented organisations such as the Botswana National Youth Council and the general public,” he told Voice Sport adding that they would soon be talking to people such as councillors, MPs, the District Commissioner, business houses around Kgatleng, KgosiKgolo Kgafela and other royals, education authorities and the region’s big team; Be Mobile League Champions Mochudi Centre Chiefs.
“We want to have football players with better life skills and this means we have to involve as many people as possible to produce well rounded players who can face and deal with modern day challenges,” he said.
The man charged with overseeing the technical development in the region went on to say that such players will be able to handle challenges such as HIV/AIDS, premature sexual activity and realise the importance of male circumcision better than most of the present generation of players.
On another note he said that they would also be taking advantage of foreign missions offers to help develop the game in Kgatleng.
“The British Embassy and the British Council have programmes in place which through the Botswana Football Association can be exploited not only to develop players but also referees and administrators,” Phetlhe told Voice Sport.