BDF XI new coach, Nelson ‘Sarafina’ Setshwane, has been mandated to bring at least one trophy to the army headquarters in Mogoditshane come the end of the season.
This was said by BDF XI chairman Boikanyo Addanes during the club’s press briefing in Mogoditshane, which was also used to reveal Matebele’s new players.
Setshwane, who was appointed the head coach recently to replace Sikalame Keatlholetswe, assumed his duties last Sunday when his side fought from a two goal deficit to beat visiting BMC 3-2 in the opening game of the 2011-2012 Be MOBILE Premier League season at the SSKB Stadium in Mogoditshane.
Yesterday (Saturday), Matebele were involved in a pulsating clash with free-scoring Mochudi Centre Chiefs at the Molepolole Sports Complex in a game which was expected to test Setshwane’s coaching credentials.
“I’m an ambitious person and I believe that anything is possible in football. You must remember that Township Rollers won the league a season after they were promoted from the First Division. We’ve mandated him to bring home one of the cups and he is aware that this is the tradition of the team having played for BDF XI,” said a confident Addanes.
The army boss is aware of the challenges they are going to face from champions Township Rollers, Mochudi Centre Chiefs, Gaborone United and ECCO City Greens. But he said that being an ambitious person he has so much confidence that Setshwane is the man who can lead them to glory.
“He is the member of the successful team of 1997 so we believe that he has a winning mentality. We did not see a point of going for a foreign coach when we have our own people. If we do not give them (local coaches) a chance, who is going to do so? It is time we believe in our own people,” he added.
Addanes gave an example of the late Banks Panene who won the league title with Rollers ahead of the foreign coaches at the time.
Matebele chairman added that club administrators must start taking a leaf from national team coach Stanley Tshosane who has led the Zebras to the 2012 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) after many years of failure.
“Botswana coaches are capable hence we have decided to nationalise our coaching department. Rasta (Letang Kgengwenyane) will be the assistant coach and you can see that we have appointed people with a winning mentality as he was also part of the (unstoppable) 1997 team,” the chairman continued.
After finishing in fifth position last season, Matebele officials told the journalists that they will be going all out to ensure that the team improves this season. Addanes said that they realised that part of the reason they finished fifth last season was due to their failure to score goals.
“We lacked the killer instinct and we’re going to rectify that. Our strikers did not do enough last season and we want to have strikers who would at least give us 15 goals per season. We’re going to motivate our players because we want them to perform to the required standard,” he continued.
For his part, Setshwane said he knows the tradition of the team and he will try his best to implement a winning mentality on his players.
“Most of you know the kind of player I was and I want my players to also enjoy their game,” he said. Matebele announced the signing of midfielders Thato Ogopotse (Masitaoka), Kabelo Seakanyeng (XI Men FC), Mthandazo Mthonzi (TASC), defender Tshepo Baipuledi (Lobatse Stars) and striker Omaatla Kebatho (Sankoyo Bush Bucks).
BDF XI said that they have gone mostly for youngsters as they want to start a rebuilding process.