Thursday, December 3, 2020

Paul kicked out of Zebras camp

Under 20 boys national team coach, Keitumetse Pio Paul has been relieved of his duties as assistant coach. 

He was allegedly kicked out of the senior team’s technical team by head coach Adel Amrouche upon the latter’s arrival in the country.

Paul had been in charge of the senior national team training camp while Amrouche was still outside the county. 

Amrouche only arrived in the country last week Saturday and has since been placed in mandatory quarantine as a COVID19 prevention measure. He is expected to be out of the quarantine on Sunday. 

Since the release of Paul from duty, the team has been under the care of its goalkeeper coach Kagiso Tshelametsi.

The latter is said to be temporarily at the helm while BFA is awaiting the release of BDF XI mentor, Letang Rasta Kgwengwenyana, who is an employee of the Botswana Defense Force.  

Sources say Paul’s eviction comes as he is allegedly not in good terms with Kgwengwenyane, hence he was not called to mentor the team in the absence of the coach. 

The sabotage ended up benefiting Kgwengwenyane who the coach instructed to be in charge in his absence. 

Another allegation is that Paul did not follow the coach’s training programme as it was given to him in the coach’s absence. 

Contacted for comment BFA mouthpiece, Tumo Mpatane denied allegations saying Paul is now concentrating on Under 20 national team because of contested schedule. 

“He will continue helping at the senior national team as one of the assistants. It is news to me that he was relieved of his duties at the senior national team because he did not follow the coach’s training programme,” explained Mpatane. 

The senior national team, Zebras is on camp preparing for the AFCON qualifiers against the northern neighbour, Zambia. While Under 20 is expected to report to camp early next month to prepare for the COSAFA under 20 championships.

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