Gaborone United (GU) executive committee has given their head coach, Major David Bright, the thumbs up for turning their fortunes around in his maiden season at the club.
The no-nonsense tactician arrived at the Reds in April last year and was tasked with rebuilding the Reds to turn them into a force to reckon with. GU wrapped up their 2012/2013 Premier League season on Wednesday night when they beat cross-town rivals Notwane 3-1 at Molepolole Sports Stadium.
Goals from Gaopatwe Seosenyeng, Jackie Mothatego and Moemedi Moatlhaping ensured that the Gaborone giants close the season in style. It was a fitting closure to the season that has been full of ups and downs for the Reds.
GU finished in the top four bracket but they managed to bring silverware to their trophy cabinet, having lifted the Mascom Top 8 title on May 18 beating favourites BDF XI 2-1 at Lobatse Sports Stadium.
At the time when he arrived at GU, some supporters were against his appointment, especially after interim coach Philemon Makwengwe has led the Reds to Coca-Cola Cup triumph after beating their bitter nemesis Mochudi Centre Chiefs on post-match penalties. Despite non-approval from some quarters, GU management stood their ground and backed the coach fully.
Earlier this year when results were not going their way, even losing to relegated Prisons XI, some supporters were heard hauling some harsh words at the experienced coach. But credit has to go to GU leadership as they, once again, rallied behind the former army major.
“When we appointed Bright, we knew that he was the right man for the job hence we were not moved by the critics. It was important for us to give him the necessary support. We had tasked him with rebuilding the team (during the 2012/13 Premier League season) then we can think about winning silverware in the coming season,” said the team secretary, Herbet Letsebe.
The GU official added that for Bright to have brought the P1 million Mascom Top 8 to the club in its second edition is a huge achievement which goes to show that they were right in bringing him on board.
“Looking at the fact that we brought a number of new players at the start of the season, I can say that he (Bright) has surpassed our expectations. We have no doubt that next season we’ll be unstoppable because the team has gelled well.”
Unlike in the past when GU overhauled their squad at the beginning of the season, Letsebe hinted that they are going to stick with the squad that campaigned in the just ended season. He pointed out that they have benchmarked from other sides that keeping the same squad for long can bring positive results.
“I’m not shy to say that Centre Chiefs have proven that playing with the same squad for long brings results. Yes, the coach might want to add one or two players but it won’t be like in the past. There is no doubt that we need to beef up our defence, which was found wanting when we had injuries,” the GU secretary pointed out.
Letsebe called on their supporters to continue rallying behind the team in the coming season and leave other decisions to the management. He said that when they appointed Bright there were some Doubting Thomases but they now have been left eating humble pie.