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Amrouche ready to quit Botswana coach after Cosafa Cup

After nearly two years at the helm, the former Kenya and Libya coach has announced his imminent departure from the southern African country

Adel Amrouche has announced that he will be stepping down as coach of Botswana following the 2021 Cosafa Cup which will take place in July.

Amrouche’s decision comes after the Zebras failed to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon and also to advance to the group stage of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Botswana won only one victory in the CAN qualifiers (1-0 against Zambia) and finished at the bottom of Group H with four points after six matches, behind Zambia, Zimbabwe and Algeria, leader.

In 2019, they started their World Cup qualifying campaign on a promising note with a goalless draw against Malawi at Francistown Stadium, but their hopes of playing in Qatar were dashed after a 1-0 loss in the game. return.

Botswana currently occupies the 150th place in the Fifa World Rankings.

“Everything that has a beginning has an end! Thank you to the Botswana Football Association, the players and the technical team. And especially thank you, Botswana,” read a statement from Amrouche.

“As I look to the future, I embrace the lessons learned from my two-year stay in Botswana. It came with many challenges, including the fact that Botswana did not have competitive football in the country. over the past 15 months.

“Unfortunately, the bulk of the national team’s players ply their trade in the national league, which is semi-professional. After more than a year without football, their match ability was compromised as we contested the crucial playoffs. of Afcon.

“Nonetheless, I am pleased to have overseen the transfer of a number of footballers to clubs outside Botswana. I have always believed that the more players were exposed to professional leagues, the better it was for them. National team.”

The 53-year-old Algerian added that he would help the Zebras have a good outing in the 2021 Cosafa Cup which starts on July 7.

Botswana will face host nation South Africa, Eswatini and Lesotho in Group A.

“I intend to finish my contract with the BFA with the utmost professionalism and the next Cosafa Cup tournament will be my last assignment. I will give everything as I always have,” continued Amrouche.

“Once again, thank you to BFA President Mr. McLean Letshwiti and Vice President Masego Ntshingane for entrusting the Zebras to me over the past two years.

“That being said, I wish Botswana the best for future competitions!”

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