Sunday, July 14, 2024

Kgengwenyane pleads for a good working relationship

Local coaches are rarely given a chance to prove their capabilities, especially by big teams or even at national team level.

However, the few that are given a chance do better than most foreigners that are always at the helm.

Coaches like the late Banks Panene, Stanley Tshosane, David Bright, Daniel Nare are the few that have proved that locals have what it takes once given the chance.

Panene performed miracles for Rollers in 2005 by leading them to League championships and the Coca-Cola Cup.

Tshosane also did well at BDF XI and is also currently riding on the crest of a wave with the national team, the Zebras.

The national team is on the verge of making history by qualifying for their maiden appearance at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.
Bright also did wonders at his former team, Mogoditshane Fighters, while Nare is showing signs of excellency at Extension Gunners.

Currently, Gaborone United (GU) has surprised many people by appointing a local coach, Letang Kgengwenyane, as their care-taker coach. This was after the team showed the door to Michael Sithole, the man who, two seasons ago, led them to their first league title in 19 years.

The sacking of Sithole came after the team failed to collect maximum points in five matches. This showed the unbearable pressure if the results do not come along from big teams.

So far, Kgengwenyane, who coached Mogoditshane Fighters, has been at the helm for two matches. He lost the other against Ecco City Green by a solitary goal just before Christmas and won the other on Sunday at Molepolole Sports Complex against BDF XI.

Against BDF XI where GU won 2-0, Kgenwenyane surprised many people by the changes he brought to the team and even introduced relatively unknown players, relegating seasoned ones on the bench.

With the league about to reach its climax, coaches are not expected to make drastic changes. Most teams are fighting for honours while others are fighting for survival and a point dropped or gained means a lot. Kgengewnyane, however, tells Telegraph Sport that what he wants from GU is to be given a chance and support and would emulate other successful local coaches.

“Definitely I would like to make a mark for myself in my coaching career and this is the ideal opportunity for me. So far, I am happy with the support I get from the team and definitely results will come as time goes on,” he said. Kgengwenyane is someone who is renowned for his belief in youth development and it was not surprising to see unknown youthful faces against BDF XI.

“Honestly speaking, I am someone who believes in youngsters and the gamble that I took against BDF XI paid off. I am also someone who believes in statistics of the seasoned players. When I got at GU, I realized that some of the experienced strikers have played more matches and scored very few goals. I ended up taking in a youngster by the name of Morapedi Segaisi and he scored a beautiful goal. This has given him confidence while at the same time sending a wake-up call to the experienced strikers to pull up their socks,” he said.

GU spokesperson, Romeo Benjamin, told Telegraph Sport that they intend to give Kgewngwenyane a chance and support they usual give to foreign coaches. He said as a Motswana he understands local players better than foreign coaches.


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