After months of frustration, uncertainty and inconvenience, Zebras’ Head Coach Peter Butler has finally received a car. This follows extensive media reports that the coach was frustrated at the delay by the Botswana Football Association (BFA) to buy him a brand new car as per the contractual agreement that was signed when he was roped in to lead the Zebras.
At one point rumors flew thick and fast that the coach was harboring thoughts of abandoning his post out of frustration at the Botswana Football Association (BFA)’s failure to fulfill their contractual obligations. While Butler denied the allegations, football pundits opined that it did not bode well for the national team coach to be using public transport or riding to work. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief when Butler was finally presented with a brand new Volkswagen Amarok 4×4 valued at P500 000 by Barloworld Motors on Monday.
Speaking after receiving his brand new wheels, Butler expressed gratitude at Barloworld’s gesture, saying it will give him the necessary mobility as he seeks to find new talent for the national team. As a coach, Butler said he will use the Amarok to travel throughout the length and breadth of the country in search of new talent for the national team. The Amarok, which is a comfortable 4×4 that also doubles as an off road vehicle, will come in handy when Butler travels to remote areas in search of talent.
Butler expressed hope that as he embarks on the journey to find new talent, companies like Barloworld will be more involved and invest in the development of that talent. Earlier when presenting the donation, Barloworld Motors’ Principal Dealer, Clement Matswagothata said the donation is the beginning of Barloworld’s venture into football. He said the needs of the coach presented a welcome opportunity for the company to contribute, as they have been thinking about how they could get involved in local football. He said the Amarok was specifically chosen for the coach based on what his needs were.
“We thought it would be suitable as he can drive wherever he wants in the country. As part of the donation, Regent Insurance has also been roped in to provide insurance,” he said.
For his part, BFA President Tebogo Sebego welcomed the donation from Barloworld and said the BFA is happy with Butler’s performance as a coach. He said as such, the coach deserved to be chauffeured in a suitable vehicle.