Since the new BFA executive came into office last year in July, it is no secret that they have never been great admirers of Tshosane. If they had their way, they could have fired the former BDF XI gaffer by the time they assumed their roles.
But they had to respect his contract which he had just extended under the new regime after his return from the Zebras’ maiden appearance at the 2012 African Nations Cup in Gabon. Since the Zebras qualified for the continental showpiece in March 2011, it has taken the Zebras almost over two years to register their first win in a competitive match. That was a hard fought 3-2 win over the Central African Republic in a World Cup qualifier at Lobatse Stadium earlier this month.
While the nation celebrated the long awaited win, some people suggested that it was time to let Tshosane go despite the fact that he still has two years to go on his contract.
The BFA’s argument has always been that they do not have funds in place to relieve him of his duties. If they let him go now, Tshosane would cost the Zebras close to P2 million unless both parties strike a deal. Since the Zebras failed to go beyond the group stages at Cosafa Senior Challenge, it has since come to this publication’s understanding that BFA’s executive has been consulting each other over the coach’s future.
When they came into office, BFA new regime drew some deliverables for Tshosane. “BFA drew up their expectations to Tshosane which he refused to sign. In that document, BFA said that they expected him to at least lead the Zebras to Cosafa semis and a place at the CHAN finals next year. Having failed to go past group stages, it seems that he is heading to the exit door.
The BFA is already on the lookout for a new man to take over as Zebras’ head coach and by the time we play South Africa (2014 World Cup qualifier on September 7), we will be having a new coach.
“The new man will be either interim or fulltime by the time we go to South Africa. Stan is history as far as the BFA is concerned,” said a member of BFA executive on Friday morning.
The source revealed that the entire BFA leadership is disappointed with the squad which Tshosane has called into camp for the CHAN qualifier against Zambia in Molepolole next weekend. Efforts to get a comment from BFA vice-president technical, Ernest Nthobelang, drew a blank as he is in Zimbabwe as an election observer. When contacted for comment, Sebego said that they are not going to be put under pressure to fire the coach. He said that they have drawn some deliverables for the coach and they will discuss them when the time comes.
“We want to do things right. We are not going to make rash decisions which will tomorrow backfire and the same people who are calling for the coach’s head would be on our neck,” said Sebego.