Former Bafana Bafana assistant coach Serame Letsoaka reveals why he took the Botswana job

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Serame Letsoaka, Bloemfontein Celtic
The former Bloemfontein Celtic coach has been roped in as the Botswana Football Association’s technical director

Former South African national team assistant coach Serame Letsoaka has confirmed his new job at the Botswana Football Association.

The former Free State Stars coach has been appointed as the new Technical Director with the BFA following a number of reports linking him with the role.

Speaking exclusively to Goal, the former Golden Arrows mentor expressed excitement in his new job and also outlined his main responsibilities.

Reports in Botswana emerged this week that the former QwaQwa Stars (Free State Stars) player has been roped in as the new man in charge of the country's respective national teams.

The 54-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the BFA and has already started working in Botswana as of June 01.

Speaking on his roles, he said he has been tasked with setting up structures to ensure football is run smoothly whilst focusing on coaching the coaches as well as developing the women’s gamel.

”Yes I have started working in Botswana and I am excited to be part of BFA,” Letsoaka exclusively told Goal.

“The reason why I took the job is there is a lot of potential in the country, Botswana is growing as a country and in football,” he revealed.

“There is passion in the country and from the BFA the president is passionate about the game especially for development,” he said.

“I think this is an environment I can work in and secondly I am sure we have a lot of technicians in South Africa, but none of them are willing to go out of the country to hone their skills,” said the coach.

“So the aim is to lead the way and I think this was the right time for me to lead the process of leaving the country because I believe we can grow when we see what other countries do in football,” the former player added.

”One of the major things is to make sure I set up the structures because there has been a lot of work done in the country,” he reacted.

“I must make sure I put structures into place from grassroots, looking at football development in youth football, league football and coach education as well as also making women’s structures and their development,” he noted.

“Yes, we hope to see that (more Botswana players in the PSL) because players can be good as coaches are in the country,” continued the 54-year-old.

“If the coaching is good, that is when we get and produce good players, there is no doubt about talent in the country and all these things will fast track development,” he concluded.



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