The new national team coach, Peter Butler was introduced to the media Wednesday morning at Lekidi Football Centre in Gaborone.
The Englishman has agreed a three-year contract with the Botswana Football Association (BFA). He is expected to take the Zebras to the 2016 CHAN finals which will be played in Rwanda.
Addressing the media, BFA president Tebogo Sebego said, “We were looking for someone with the highest pedigree and are convinced that we have the right candidate for the job. We wanted someone who had coached at development level and who appreciates young talent.”
Sebego pointed out that the time has come for the Zebras to field some of the finest young talents in the country.
“We should be able to have a 17 year old breaking into the senior national team. I think the last time a youngster breaking into the team was Mogogi Gabonamong,” said Sebego.
The BFA president added that the association would to do everything possible to support Butler in his new role.
The BFA has tasked Butler with developing a comprehensive policy and good working relationship with all the junior national team coaches. The Englishman has also been mandated to have an impressive run in the 2015 African Nations Cup qualifiers and to reach the quarterfinal of Cosafa.┬á
“Thank you to the people of Botswana for giving me such an opportunity. My main aim is to improve the results here. I’m not going to promise you anything I won’t do. I’m here for a challenge and that is what excites me. I like to work with young players and I will be working closely with the Under 20s so that we can give new talent a chance,” Butler said in response.
The BFA said they are yet to appoint the assistant coach, goalkeeper coach and the manager for the Zebras.