Botswana captain Dipsy Selolwane has announced his retirement from international football.
Selolwane, who helped Botswana qualify for the Afcon finals for the first in their history this year, cited club commitment as a reason to quit playing for his country’s national team.
Speaking to KickOff.com, the SuperSport United midfielder says he now also wants to bow out of his club football career in great style.
“This was a difficult decision to arrive at given my association with the national team in Botswana that started in 1994 as an Under-17 player," he said. "I have played football at all national team levels and am honored to be part of the generation that qualified for our first ever Africa Nations Cup finals.
"I feel I have served my country well and long enough, and that it is time to focus on my club since I have a few years left in the game."
The former Santos midfielder thanked football supporters and his family in Botswana for the big role they played in his career at international level.
“I felt it was prudent and appropriate that I bid farewell to all my supporters, my fellow players, coaches and managers who I will miss in a big way. I also believe it is appropriate to thank all those who made any contributions to my football development no matter how small," Selolwane said.
"There are too may of you to mention individually and it would therefore not be appropriate to single out some and not others. My fondest memories will be of every time I slipped on the blue, black and white jersey.
"A special word of thanks to my family for their unrelenting support throughout my career, particularly my mother for introducing me to the beautiful game. I count myself very fortunate to have such a strong support base of family and friends.”
Selolwane said even though he has retired from the international scene, he has great plans to help the development of football in his home nation.
“I am currently working on some projects on football development in Botswana, which I will reveal in the near future, so that I can plough back some of the knowledge and experience that I have amassed in football over the years," he concluded.