Friday, January 21, 2022

Notwane to beef up their technical team

Notwane management has announced that they will beef up their technical team before the end of the week. This follows Notwane’s 1-0 loss to Mochudi Centre Chiefs in a be-MOBILE Premier League game played at UB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

A goal from Chiefs’ striker, Bonolo Fraizer, was enough to make Notwane record their third loss of the season. The defeat has pressed the panic buttons within the Toronto camp with some supporters believing that head coach Kaizer Kobedi does not possess the quality to lead the team.

Kobedi started drilling the sleeping Gaborone giants at the beginning of the season, taking over from Oupa Kowa. He took off on a high when his side thumped rookies Wonder Sporting 3-1 but since then his club has struggled to find a win.

Notwane are sitting on the 12th spot with four points and following their defeat to Chiefs, it is understood that some of the supporters made it clear to the club’s boss, Gift Mogapi, that there is need to find an experienced head coach.

Though the club’s management has remained mum on who will succeed Kobedi, media reports indicate that South African Simon Ngomane will be the man to take over the reins. The new coach at Toronto is expected to be unveiled at a press conference slated for tomorrow in Gaborone.

“There are changes we are effecting on the team and I want to believe that they will make the club even stronger. We will be calling a press conference this week to unveil a new addition to our technical team and I want to make it clear that we’re not making this appointment because of the pressure from the supporters. This has been our plan to bring in someone with vast experience as part of our plan which we presented to the media before the start of the season,” said Mogapi on Monday afternoon.

He pointed out that it took him a while to make changes at the club because he had to respect the views of the previous management. Kobedi was in charge of the national Under-17 which took part at the African Junior Championships which were held in Morocco earlier this year. 

“The new coach was here at the weekend and watched our game when we lost to Centre Chiefs. He is obviously someone with lots of experience and he is arriving here (Gaborone) this week to take charge,” he added.

The Notwane boss said that there is no need to press the panic buttons because the team will bounce back in the near future. He revealed that he is satisfied with the players they have brought to the club. “We’ve got players who can compete all we need is an experienced technical team. The only area of concern for me is the left-back position and goalkeeping department which I think we’ll beef up in January. Obviously the technical team will also have a say in the new additions,” he said.

Mogapi has called on Notwane supporters to be patient because success does not come overnight. He said after the side struggled for the past five seasons, they are trying to come up with plans which will take the club back to the glory days.

“It seems like Notwane supporters are expecting too much in a short time but I’m appealing to them to be patient,” he said.


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