Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Volatile Tshidi Kowa’s name bandied for BFA technical job

Local football legend Matshediso “Sexton” Kowa is set to commence his new role at Lekidi Football Centre as Botswana Football Association (BFA) interim Technical Director this month.

Sunday Standard has it in good authority that BFA top brass will hand over the baton to Kowa after the position fell vacant since the departure of former technical director Benny Kgomela whose contract expired early this year.

Kowa is highly respected for his grassroots development after having tapped youngsters in the likes of South African-based Mogakolodi Ngele, Thato Bolweleng, former Orlando Pirates youth player Vincent Phiri and many more players during his stay at the just promoted Union Flamengo Santos.

The former Mochudi Centre Chiefs goalkeeper in is reported to have been endorsed by the National Executive Committee (NEC).

A leaked letter to Sunday Standard from Chairman of Technical and Development Committee Masego Ntshingane addressed to BFA President Maclean Letshwiti and first Vice President Segolame Ramotlhwa unearthed that after extensive consultations, Kowa was identified to fill the vacant post as Acting technical director. Kowa is expected to develop a youth development programme and a preparation of the youth league until a technical director is hired.

“Kowa is recommended to come and help with the preparations for the Youth Leagues and FIFA Tech Dept visit in August in their fact finding mission about our Youth Development. His expertise will also be needed as Coaching Development and other critical Departmental activities are stagnant.

“It is recommended that he acts until the substantive TD is hired,” reads the letter.

In an interview with Sunday Standard, BFA mouthpiece Tumo Mpatane could not deny or confirm whether Kowa will be appointed.

“At the moment I am not privy to any information with regards to any appointments. We are engaged in management meetings and promise to share all details when everything is finalised,” Mpatane said.

Meanwhile, some of the identified national team coaches are the likes of Keitumetse “Pio” Paul expected to lead the Under-23 squad and Itumeleng Duiker for the Under-20 position. The national women team is expected to be managed by Gaoletlhoo Nkutlwisang while Jacqueline Gaboinewe has been identified for the Under-20 side.

The leaked letter further said: All the recommended coaches are dully qualified and if you request their Certifications and Licences, they will gladly be provided. Upon your endorsement, the coaches will be consulted to complete the Technical Teams of their various National Teams. I therefore request that you endorse the above mentioned names to pave way for their appointments”.

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