The ongoing search for a Botswana Football Association (BFA) technical director has taken a new twist. Sunday Standard can reveal that the football governing body is reported to have broadened the search scope.
It is said that candidates called for interviews last month did not meet the football association’s needs and the search has been extended to the German Football Association (GFA) in the search for potential candidates.
Sources have told this publication that the decision to appoint a technical director will not be arrived at hastily after the recent interviews.
Candidates for the post were interviewed last month after former technical director Benny Kgomela’s contract ended in February. It is said foreign runners have already started to emerge after consultation by the football governing body.
“There have been some foreign nationals from Europe and the association is looking to hold talks. While the association top brass is in the process of arranging talks, the BFA is keen to touch base with an unnamed German candidate.
“Efforts to recruit a foreign expert are based the idea to complement the BFA development strategy with someone with expertise from a country that has a proven track record,” a source revealed to Sunday Standard.
BFA spokesperson Tumo Mpatane said the post is open to anyone based on qualification and needs that will best suit the football governing body. He confirmed that they held interviews for the post last month and cannot disclose much on the matter as it is still dealt with internally.
Mpatane said it was critical to have the best candidate for the post as it affects levels of development of football in the country.
“The technical director post was advertised and is open to anyone and I am not at liberty to disclose who was in or not but the position will be filled in the near future.
“We will announce after the appointment is made. BFA president Maclean Letshwiti is clear about changing the local game for the better and is interested in bringing the best technical director whether from Germany, Botswana or any other country but someone that will move us forward,” Mpatane said.
He said the BFA had established a strong mandate of grassroots development that will unearth talent across the country hence the need for an experienced candidate.
“We had development programmes in the past but believe there is still more that needs to be done hence the search for someone who can drive the mission of the BFA to be competitive against the best in Africa and the world,” said Mpatane.