Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Amrouche appointed Technical Director at no cost

Zebras national team gaffer Adel Amrouche has survived a pay cut that was imminent since the disruption of the novel Covid-19 pandemic that witnessed all national teams matches halted. 

This follows a decision by the local football mother body to appoint the Belgian tactician to double as the BFA Technical Director (T.D) and national team coach.

While the BFA parts with a staggering P250 000 monthly pay-cheque for the gaffer, a seemingly fat cheque for the T.D position will allegedly bail out Amrouche as he will be deployed for the position at no cost. The BFA TD position was left vacant after the departure of South African Serame Letsoaka. The former South Africa Football Association (SAFA) T.D dumped the position half way his three-year deal that was expected to elapse in 2021. 

With Amrouche anchoring both positions, Sunday Standard has established that he will perform duties of the T.D at no cost with his national team job salary remaining untouched.

Sources close to the matter indicated that a statement from the BFA was expected to be released this week and the greater Gaborone lockdown impeded the announcement. “The matter has been discussed at length and conclusions were made following a cordial agreement between the coach and his masters,” a source told Sunday Standard.

It is said that the BFA believes to have scored big as they had already budgeted for the vacant T.D position. 

“The association feels it will not be losing out due to the unpaid deployment for the position and confident they will be benefiting from the coach’s expertise following his previous attachment as T.D in the past,” revealed the source.

The appointment will not be Amrouche’s first as a Technical Director. He was once appointed in the same position for FC Brussels in the Belgian league from 1995-1996. 

FC Volyn Lutsk in the Ukrainian league roped him for the position in 2005 and returned to the Belgian league for Royal Union Saint Gilloise from 2006-2007 as the Technical Director after being the club general director from 1996-2002.

While some of the programs initiated by the former T.D were bound to suffer since the departure of the former, it is said that Amrouche will work on them for continuity.

Expectation is that some of the BFA programs will run smoothly in view of Amrouche’s stint at the helm of the national team as the manager. 

Efforts to reach BFA chief executive officer (CEO) Mfolo Mfolo were futile as his phone rang unanswered.

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