Monday, July 15, 2024

Hunt for Zebras coach yet to start

Botswana Football Association (BFA) is yet to start the hunt for the senior men national team coach.

The team is currently in the hands of interim coach Mogomotsi ‘Teenage’ Mpote.

Mpote, who doubles as the Orapa United head coach, was appointed to mentor the Zebras for only one game against Eritrea in the Africa Cup of Nations 2023 qualifiers. The Eritreans have however since withdrawn from the World cup qualifiers.

The Orapa United head coach was to be assisted by Pontsho Moloi of Gaborone United and Junior Letlaamoreng of Police XI, both of whom were also appointed on interim basis.

While many would have wished for Mpote to remain in the post given his previous stint with the team, his future is however said to lie in the hands of the BFA technical committee.

The BFA acting chief executive officer, Tshepo Mpukuthi said the BFA will be advised by the technical committee on the move to take. “The technical committee will make a determination on the way forward. Their mandate includes hiring of the coaches and technical aspects of the game,” he said.

“If they want to keep Mpote they will advise the BFA leadership or if they want a new coach to be appointed, they will also advise so that adverts can be placed on media platforms for potential candidates to apply.”

The acting CEO further explained that upon the advise from the technical committee that is when the BFA will have direction to take. “The sooner the better to appoint the coach so that the coach can have time with the team before the start of competitions,” said Mphukuthi.

Zebras have been without a substantive head coach since the departure of Adel Amrouche in June last year. His two-year contract was to end in August 2021 but decided to end it prematurely. The BFA was accused of paying the former coach a huge salary yet the results were not coming.

Following Amrouche’s departure, there were allegations in the media that the BFA president, MacLean Letshwiti preferred former Zebras national team coach Veselin Julisic to take the reigns once again. Any dream for such was however dashed as the Serbian gaffer has since been hired by Lesotho Football Association as its national team head coach.


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