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BFA will not hesitate to protest - Mfolo

Botswana Football Association chief executive officer, Mfolo Mfolo says the association will not hesitate to lodge a protest should the Botswana U-17 girls football team be kicked out of the 2020 African U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifiers preliminary round.

Mfolo said in an interview that he was aware of the news that Morocco is to play against South Africa in the final round of the 2020 African U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifiers.

Botswana was supposed to play against Morocco for the return leg of the World Cup qualifiers in Morocco.

However, Botswana cancelled the trip to Morocco following the outbreak of coronavirus. In the first leg of the encounter, which was played at the National Stadium, Botswana lost 1-0. Mfolo said following coronavirus outbreak, they made a request to CAF for postponement of the game.

So far, he said they had not received any official correspondence that they had been kicked out of the qualifiers.

He explained that the last correspondence they received from CAF was in March, enquiring if Botswana had withdrawn from the qualifiers. He said BFA told the federation that they request for postponement due to the coronavirus outbreak.

He stated that they informed CAF that it was risky for the team to travel to Morocco to honour the fixture. At the time, he said Morocco had already registered positive cases of COVID-19.

“We were to travel through OR Tambo and Doha, where we were to meet with a lot of people. Mind you. We are dealing with young athletes,” he said.

Also, he said they explained to CAF that government had imposed a travel ban on international travel, which made it impossible for the team to travel outside the country.

He further said correspondence from CAF was then forwarded to government. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Anastacia Sibanda

Location : GABORONE

Event : Interview

Date : May 14 Thu,2020

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