Friday, July 12, 2024

Mixed reactions trail Zebra’s loss to Burkina Faso

The performance doldrums haunting the football senior national team ÔÇô Zebras ÔÇôwitnessed another crash over the past weekend when they were dismantled three nil away from home to Burkina Faso in a 2019 Afcon qualifier. The loss unequivocally shut doors for Botswana’s chances of making their second appearance at the lucrative African football showpiece scheduled for Cameroon.

Following the loss, football journalists have continued to react to the defeat of the Zebras.

In an interview with The Telegraph, grieving local sports writers are of a view that the national team gaffer Major David Bright should be sacked while some believe that the predicament is a source of maladministration from the local football mother body, the Botswana Football Association (BFA). Mmegi Sports Editor Mqondisi Dube said the dark cloud hovering over local football needs introspection for the sake of growth.

“It is a tough situation as results have not been favourable. The rankings are low, the performance is low and the confidence is low. It is critical that the relevant authorities set the coach a target like in any performance based contract and judge him on the outcome and it is a situation that needs to be looked into because it is no longer business as usual. Something is not right and this calls for introspection,” said Dube.

Gabz Fm presenter Comfort Ramatebele could not differ much with Dube. The football manager said the challenge faced by the national team is beyond the BFA as it reflects structural failures of a country that lacks a concrete sports culture. “It is hard to apportion the blame to anyone at the moment. We as a nation need a paradigm shift towards sports which will translate to results. The challenge therefore is beyond the BFA and their technical team. However, we cannot ignore failure by the football association to manage basics like allowances, man management and general astute preparations. The issue of allowances is critical and players cannot put their lives on the line for a country that does not put its life on the line for them,” Ramatebele told The Telegraph.

For his part, Killer pass scribe Kagiso Kgaogano said the Zebras is at its worst as much as the local elite league. He said the team’s sad performance calls for the sacking of the head coach. “The coach’s selection of the team is questionable although there are matters of preparations that let the team down. His performance deserves the exit door but we also need to resolve preparations issues,” said Kgaogano.

One journalist who spoke to this publication on condition of anonymity said the coach has failed and deserves to be relieved his duties, adding that Bright is awash with excuses which does not help in moving the team forward. “The coach must be shown the door. It is a fact that we haven’t scored a solitary goal in the Afcon qualifier campaign due to the fact that some good attacking players are left behind hence our struggles in front of goal,” said the scribe.


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