Thursday, November 30, 2023

Bright to engage lawyers to fend off BFA dismissal threat


Major David Bright is allegedly engaging his legal team for advice amid dismissal threats by the Botswana Football Association (BFA).

This follows uncertainty surrounding the former under 23 coach’s future at the national team before his three-year contract elapses.

Bright is allegedly said to be compiling documents to ‘show cause’ why the BFA should not sack him.

Reports indicate Bright, at the helm of the struggling Zebras, is treading on thin ice after being notified by the BFA to show cause why he should continue as head coach following a string of poor performances in the 2019 Afcon qualifier matches.

While it is believed that the BFA National Executive Committee (NEC) is pushing for his exit, the Sunday Standard investigations have unearthed that Bright is allegedly exploring alternative avenues to drag the local football mother body to court.

It has been revealed to the Sunday Standard that the Zebras will play their last 2019 Afcon qualifier encounter against Angola in March guided by a caretaker coach.

With Bright preparing his alleged impending sacking, close sources have revealed to the Sunday Standard that the report is a matter of procedure while the BFA is preparing a contract termination.

Just midway his three-year contract with the BFA, Bright is said to be expecting compensation if relieved of his duties while on the other hand the BFA allegedly would not have any of that.

‘’Bright is aware that his future with the national team hangs in the balance. More than anything else, he is focusing getting his compensation and accrued benefits of his contract. However, with the BFA not impressed by the national team performance and the current rankings since Bright took over, the association is planning to give the coach a one-month notice of termination of contract,” an insider revealed to Sunday Standard.

‘’Bright believes the association contributed to poor performances as it expected a lot from him despite failing to prepare an adequate budget allowing him to fully discharge his duties and  meet the welfare needs of players. He believes that even if the association could rope in international coaches, the national team will continue to suffer,” said the source.

Bright told the Sunday Standard he believes he is a trained coach of calibre who can take the Zebras to greater heights.

‘’I will not want to comment much about the team but I am capable of taking the team to greater heights. It is true that I have received a ‘show cause’ letter. I’m working on the report,” said Bright.


Read this week's paper