Footballers Union of Botswana (FUB) will over the weekend offer psychosocial support sessions to players in the northern part of the country. The sessions which will be held at Leseding Community hall in Francistown has attracted a total of seven clubs.
According to FUB northern coordinator, Vincent Chikumba, teams that have confirmed participation are Chadibe FC, Tonota FC, Francistown City Greens FC, Calendar Stars FC, Tafic FC, Great North Tigers FC and Eleven Angels FC.
“We have been in talks with a team of medical professionals who agreed to help us after doing an assessment of the Covid-19 pandemic on players’ health,” Chikumba said, adding that these volunteers are not charging for their service.
“They are just concerned citizens and we would like to thank them for their patriotism. Football players have been badly affected by the long layoff and we felt it was ideal to start our interventions from a medical approach,” he said.
The medical team for this initiative comprises of Charlotte Siya, the Chief Executive Officer and co- founder of Valor mental health foundation who is also the chairperson of Patient Social Welfare at Nyangabgwe hospital.
Another speaker is Kumbulani Hubona, a counsellor at UYWD (NGO) Provision of outpatient rehabilitation on substance abuse and dependency and a volunteer at Botswana Network for Mental Health (BOMEH). He is an advocate for mental illness in the Francistown region.
The team also features Dr Qhiniso Francis who has among his many academic credentials completed his FIFA Football Medicine Diploma, Advanced Diploma in fitness and capped it all with a Certificate in diet and nutrition coaching.
The list is completed by Ms Kuda Makgetho, a social worker who works at Mmasechaba counselling.
According to Chikumba, similar initiatives are being planned for other players in various regions.