Batlokwa: The Botswana FA is disorganised

Batlokwa: The Botswana FA is disorganised

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Jun 17, 2017. 14:00

Southend United midfielder Renei Batlokwa says he was left disappointed by the Botswana Football Association (BFA).

The 19-year-old player recently received his first Botswana senior national team call-up ahead the clash with Mauritania in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualification Group I match last weekend.

Batlokwa, who is based in the United Kingdom (U.K, informed the BFA that he would be in Botswana for a holiday during the Zebras' training camp and he also asked for a return ticket.

"I was told that it was not possible. They clearly stated they would not take care of my expenses. Disappointed is an understatement," Batlokwa told Mmegi.

"It was my first call up and the whole thing was unorganised. That just made me question the association’s professionalism.

"I would definitely be happy to be called up in future, provided things are well organised," he added.

"Until I am reassured, I will be concentrating on my football here.”

The Zebras went on to lose 1-0 to Mauritania in their first 2019 AFCON qualification Group I match at home in Francistown.

Botswana-born starlet Batlokwa, who is a former Essex Thurrock player, is eligible to play for England having moved to the UK as a 10-year-old.

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