Friday, March 31, 2023

Gumbo set for the Reds’ hot seat

Gaborone United (GU) are set to appoint Zimbabwean Rahman Gumbo as their new head coach in the near future.

This comes after their relationship with current mentor David Bright hit an all time low following a series of poor results since the league started on September 13.

Recent reports that Bright is being courted by the Botswana Football Association (BFA) to succeed Stanley Tshosane who was fired earlier this month are not helping Bright’s case.

While GU management has denied that Gumbo, who arrived in Gaborone last week, is set to be appointed the new boss at the Reds, close sources have confirmed that a meeting between the two parties took place last Wednesday.

“The officials thought that the meeting was going to be a closely guarded secret hence they are denying it. The truth is that Gumbo came to Gaborone at GU’s invitation and he had a meeting with them on Wednesday morning. Yes he also came here on to attend to church issues but top of the agenda was GU’s offer. No paperwork was signed and they have told Gumbo to wait for their call,” said a source.

It is reported that GU management wanted to wait for yesterday’s result against Township Rollers before deciding on the fate of Bright.

Gumbo wanted to watch the Gaborone derby but decided against it since the news of his appointment had spread like wild fire.

“He is leaving today and he will only come back if GU decide to fire Bright. The truth of the matter is that GU management is fed up with Bright,” continued the source.

GU secretary Herbert Letsebe laughed off the reports that they had met with Gumbo with the intentions to appointing him.

“The results have not been coming but I can tell you that we have no intention to part ways with Bright. We’re going to give him all the support he wants. We’ve not met with Gumbo at any stage and we only heard that from the journalists when they called me. We only heard that Gumbo was in Gaborone attending a church service,” said Letsebe.

Letsebe said that they wonder why people connected Gumbo’s visit to the country to GU.

Efforts to get hold of Gumbo were fruitless. Bright told this publication that just like everyone, he is concerned that results are not coming.

“We’ve been missing lots of chances hence we’ve not been getting the results we wanted. I don’t think the problem has anything to do with me not putting in an effort but the players seem to be disturbed. Even their morale is low and I don’t know what could be their problem because their needs are take care of by the club,” said Bright.

The no-nonsense coach said that he met with the club’s director, Nicholas Zackhem, who assured him of his full support.

Reports coming out of GU camp indicate that GU officials are divided over the sacking of Bright. It is reported last week Tuesday the officials met in a meeting which dragged late into the night.
“There are some people within GU camp who want to see Bright fail and they are sabotaging him,” said a source.


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