Initially, Gaborone United management made it clear that they were not in a hurry to acquire a new coach and would carry on with their assistant, Jaid Jalaal.
Mounting pressure might have forced the management to think twice. The team has now hired a new coach named Manfred Chibanga who was coaching in Swaziland.
Before joining Gaborone United, Chibanga was coaching a local club called Manzini Sundowns. He also once had a brief spell with the Swaziland national team.
Chibanga has a high mountain to climb.
He has to instill confidence in the players and then defend the league title that looks to be slowly slipping away from them.
From there he has to take the team into the international competitions of the African Club championships.
Before his appointment, the team supporters were already baying for the blood of the caretaker coach, Jaid Jalaal, who they said was not taking the team anywhere. The call for a new coach mounted after GU was held to a one all draw by Jwaneng Comets on Friday at Molepolole Sports complex.
Supporters believed Jalaal does not have tactical acumen and thus a new experienced coach must be found.
In all honesty, Comets were generally the good team of the day and could have even buried the defending champions. Several supporters stayed behind after the final whistle and chanted for his dismissal.
They even queried several substitutions which they said led to their team losing two points.
The supporters content that the team has the material but only needs a good coach to complement it. The results from Comets game mean that GU’s defence of the be-mobile Premier League title is in tatters and dwindles almost every week.
It looks like now only a miracle would hand them back the trophy they won after more than two decades of dryness.
The draw against Comets means that GU has collected a paltry four points from a possible 12 in their last four matches.
Gaborone United was just a shadow of its former self and Comets could have even wrapped up the match had they not wasted chances that came their way. There was no coordination in the team and it looked players needed something to motivate them.
Gaborone United might also be regretting why they let their influential midfielder, Kebatlogetse Batswelwetse, leave them to join Comets earlier this year because they paid dearly for that.
Batsweletse, also known as ‘Go Man’, scored Comets’ goal five minutes into the second half. He headed from a corner after a shaky GU defence failed to clear a corner kick and goalie, Kgosietsile Senjoba, also failed to clear the ball despite his good height.
Had it not been for the equalizer from Ronald Chikomo, deep in the second half, supporters could have even gone to the extent of invading the pitch.