After guiding Miscellaneous to the Premier League following a two decade hiatus in the lower division, Teenage Mpote is now a man in demand. Sunday Standard is reliably informed that the retired army general is spoilt for choice for his next destination.
Most of the teams after his services are those in both the Premier League and in the First Division.
What makes him to be in demand is the fact that he once coached in the Premier League and did well, despite staying for some time in the lower division.
He coached Miscellaneous after retiring from the army and it took him three seasons to eventually guide them into the Premier League. However Miscellaneous could have long made it to the Premier League the first season Mpote took over the reins had it not been for controversies that always marred the matches, especially towards the end of the seasons.
Mpote’s contract with Miscellaneous has since come to an end, thus making lobbying for his services even more intense.
When Sunday Standard contacted him, the former Tasc coach made it clear that he is waiting for Miscellaneous while at the same time there are offers on the table from other teams.
“Honestly, I am waiting for my former team to offer me a new contract. I would love to see myself working for the team once again. But there is currently nothing on the table from Miscellaneous. There are also other teams that are chasing my signature but I am on the other side taking my time to think about the offers,” he said.
Mpote also made it clear that he would not be after money but wants a long term contract that will enable him to achieve his goals with the team.
“I would not mind whether I will be coaching in the Premier League or the First Division. What I mainly want is to develop football in Botswana. I want a contract that will give me a platform to achieve my goals. I am someone who is passionate about football development in Botswana and do not want short cuts,“ he said.
Information reaching Sunday Standard, however, is that if Miscellaneous does not offer Mpote a contract quickly, he might jump ship.
He is seen as a suitable candidate for the team because he understands its culture since he originates from Serowe, the spiritual home of Miscellaneous. Mpote also helped many players from Serowe and surrounding areas to play for several teams in the Premier League.
For a very long time, he played for Francistown-based side, Tasc, and won medals. He would latter coach the team and it was always in reputable positions. He only left Tasc after his retirement from the army and that led to the team being relegated to the First Division, where they currently find themselves.