Stanley Tshosane has been re-appointed the national team coach. Information reaching The Sunday Standard is that Tshosane has been given a two and half year contract. He got the nod because he was with the national team before and his near strong competitor, Roald Poulsen, could not make it because of insufficient funds on the part of the Botswana Football Association (BFA).
Tshosane ended up beating dark horse, Mike Sithole, who coaches Gaborone United.
It is reported that the BFA could not hire the favoured Poulsen because they could not meet his wage demands. Obviously, Poulsen would not come cheap because he has vast international experience.
He twice coached Zambia and led them to the semi-finals of the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations held in South Africa.
Efforts to contact the BFA at the time of going to press were unsuccessful. All along many soccer gurus thought it would have been better if a foreign coach with vast experience were hired to take the national team to the next level.
There is a feeling that Tshosane was there before and his capabilities are known, arguing that someone fresh should be given a chance.
On the other hand, some argue that Tshosane might not be the right candidate for the job but in the current circumstances he should be given the job.
Jellusic Vesselin made waves with the national team after he had succeeded Tshosane who had built it from the scratch.
“Since there is no core national team, this could be the time to once again give Tshosane a chance to make a strong national team so that whoever takes from him in the future will have something to work on. Tshosane is currently trying to find a solid squad and should be given the chance,” said one soccer expert who preferred anonymity.
Some of Tshosane’s critics say he prefers only physical, powerful players at the expense of ball players.
Tshosane was first given a contract up to the end of May but latter extended to December.
The Zebras will play the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers towards the end of December next year.