National Under-17 coach, Kaizer Kobedi, is likely to be relieved of his duties at the next Botswana Football Association (BFA) National Executive Committee (NEC) which will be held towards at the end of this week. ┬á
Kobedi is expected to arrive today with his troops after they bowed out of the group stages at the CAF Youth Championships which are ongoing in Morocco. Information reaching Sunday Standard indicates that Kobedi will probably learn of his fate after the NEC meeting.
Reports indicate that some NEC members are not happy at the way Kobedi handled himself before their departure for the continental games. He accused the mother-body for sabotaging his team’s preparations.
Kobedi was also not happy about the replacement of manager Rapelang Tsatsilebe who was with the team through the qualifiers. Sources at the football headquarters say that if Kobedi gets the boot, it will not be because of results.
BFA vice-president technical Ernest Nthobelang claimed ignorance on the matter when contacted for comment on Friday. But he was quick to point out that indeed Kobedi might be asked to answer for some of the statements he made in the media before leaving for North Africa. He said it is an internal matter and they will advise the coach accordingly after hearing his side of the story.
On the performance of the team, Nthobelang made a shocking observation to the effect that “they’re talented individually maybe what was lacking was guidance”.
Radio Botswana sports presenter, Tiroyaone Lepotokisi, said that it will be unfair for BFA to fire Kobedi. He pointed out that the boys played well, considering that it was their maiden appearance at the tournament.
“Our opponents were more advanced because most of their players are attached to established academies in Europe. If you look at our players they’re school-going kids who play football part-time. If BFA fire him (Kobedi), I don’t think it will be performance related,” he said.
Football scribe Thuso Palai said that he will not be surprised if the football association will show Kobedi the exit door.
“I’ll not be surprised even if they give him the letter at the airport. If you recall well when he left for the games, he (Kobedi) was not in good terms with BFA. I don’t see him continuing with the team because of football politics. Personally, I would like to see him continuing with the team and possibly graduate with the boys to Under-20,” said Palai. He added that it will be important to keep the team together because they have shown a lot of potential at the games. But he warned that as much it is important to keep them together their education is also important.