de Botswana
In response to the effects of Covid-19 pandemic, Footballers Union of Botswana (FUB) have decided to assist eleven of their female members who are sitting for the final year examinations towards the end of this year.
The affected players who have been doing duty for the junior national teams include nine who will be sitting for the final junior certificate examinations and another two who are set to write their form five, Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGSCE) examinations.
Senior national team captain and FUB head of women’s football committee, Bonang Otlhagile revealed that this initiative is to assist players who lost out on school studies whilst doing duty for the country.
“As FUB, we decided to pay for their tutorials for the next two months. Besides losing out on their academic work, the other problem has been the temporary closure of schools to avert the spread of Corona virus,” she said adding that there was also a challenge in finding tutors across the country.
“These players are all over the country and not in one place, so it has been a logistical nightmare to find them the right tutors. The tutoring sessions which are expected to cover all the ten subjects that the students are doing started early this month and are expected to run until they sit for their final examinations,” Otlhagile said.
St Joseph College student, Keitumetse Dithebe, said they are really encouraged by the support extended by FUB.
“This will motivate us to excel both on the field and academics as well. The opportunity has really come at the right time as we have lost a considerable amount of time outside school,” Dithebe said.
FUB is keen to assist players to transition successfully into the sport at young ages, help them to manage various transitions during their time in the sport and to transition out of the sport and into their next career.