Footballers Union of Botswana (FUB) honorary President Diphetogo Dipsy Selolwane and Bonang Bebeto Mosetlha have completed a week-long UEFA Career Transition Programme (CTP), which was held in Lusaka, Zambia.
The training programme attracted a total of 20 players who are either reaching the end of their playing career or have recently retired to plan for their professional future. The programme gave footballers greater insight into their own skills, how these can be useful even off the pitch, and the openings available to them.
According to Mosetlha the training was an eye-opener and came at the right time for her as she has been undecided for some time but is now sure that she wants to be a coach.
“I was also scared that what if I choose something and things do not go the way I planned. I am now sure of what I want to do and looking forward to learning more about that career path,” she said, adding that she advises players to start preparing for their second career while they are still playing so that they can prepare, plan and learn when there is still time.
For his part, Selolwane said, “it was a great programme and every footballer needs to start thinking about life after football. Mostly, we retire before we find our path and the programme helped in guiding us on the possibilities out there. It’s very informative and clear to understand.
The programme featured talent tests, self-assessments, interviews, case studies, and role play to help players analyse their strengths and personality traits.
Some of the retired players like former Real Madrid icon, Geremie Njitap, former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Khalilou Fadiga and Sseninde Jean Namayega who played Crystal Palace women, and the Uganda women’s national team shared a variety of inspiring personal stories about how they successfully managed their career and transition after their retirement.
The duo will now join the UEFA Academy Alumni, an online network of over 3,000 graduates worldwide.