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BW football is pathetic- German expert

Publishing Date : 04 December, 2017

Author : KETUMILE RAMATITI

A German football scientist Christoph Rocholl’s two months’ situational analysis in Botswana has punched holes in the local football system which he says needs total overhaul.


Speaking in an interview with WeekendSport, Rocholl said two main factors have made football in Botswana stagnant if not regressed. “Basically two factors have contributed; poor infrastructure and lack of properly trained coaches,” he said before adding: “Football is played in green surface but I was surprised to see it played in grey surface, it was my first time in my years of travelling around the world to see this.” He said this referring to grey areas normally seen at the national and Lobatse stadiums.


The German, who is a highly rated football scientist after successfully laying foundation for Costa Rica and Honduras to their maiden World Cup appearances, did not mince his words when talking about local football. “The football is pathetic in all the categories; national teams, premier league and other low divisions. This is primarily because there are no properly trained coaches here hence the display is this low.” Rocholl cited an example of the Mascom Top 8 encounter between Township Rollers and BDF XI, which he said was a “lukewarm game”.


“It was boring, no shot at goal for a premier league team (BDF) in 45 minutes, while both of them failed to connect more than five forward passes. It shows the players are not properly mentored,” he said with a concerned tone. Only Orapa United and Rollers according to the German are shoulders apart from their peers in the elite league. He said there is individual brilliance of skilled players from the two, while pointing out however that, as teams there was nothing outstanding to write home about.


His visit was aimed at analysing the Botswana football situation before presenting Botswana Football Association a prescription of what to do to raise the motionless football. The report, according to the association is expected before end of the year. It is from there that the German will recommend what needs to be done to correct the ailing football industry. However infrastructural development and coaches’ training will top his recommendations chapter. If everything goes accordingly, the German will hit the ground running next year June and has pleaded patience before results starts tickling in.


His words come at a time when various stakeholders have poured scorn over local football quality display. National team coach Major David Bright, Football Union of Botswana and Botswana Football Coaches Association (BFCA) have decried the low standard of football compared to seven years back. Currently Botswana is ranked 150th in world football rankings. The highest this nation has ever gone was 53rd in 2010.


Rocholl is a Sports Scientist who works for the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has worked in Costa Rica in the 1980's and helped to develop the youth in general and building academies in particular. He has been credited with the rise of Costa Rica who recently made it into the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Brazil (2014). In 2009, he was tasked with developing grassroots football and coaching education in Honduras. “This seasoned Technical Expert has assisted emerging football in nations like India in creating development policies and plans tailored for their skills, abilities and strengths,” reads part of his credentials.

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