Thursday, April 22, 2021

Who is next on BDF XI hot seat?

Letang Kgengwenyane
He has emerged as a clear favourite in the last couple of days to reunite with Matebele after a year of absence. Rasta, as he is commonly known in football circles, returns home this month after spending a year at the Military College in Zambia. Many BDF XI fans believe he has the brains to turn the fortunes of Matebele around.

When he left for further studies, he was in charge of BDF X’s pre-season and his side had a storming start to the 2013/4 Premier League season.

Matebele did not only score goals for fun but played attractive football. When he left last December, Chikwanda came and continued where the humble tactician left off.

It was because of Kgengwenyane’s input that BDF XI ended the previous season on the second spot though he never got the credit for Matebele’s success.

Those in the know say that Rasta’s ability to create a competitive spirit makes him a cut above the rest. Sources say that players would go into the field to play for him, something which BDF XI missed under Chikwanda.

“Though he is always smiling and seems to be a soft person, Rasta is a disciplinarian and his players knew that. Under him, you will never have divisions in the team. I think at the moment he is the only man capable of drilling this army ship,” said a source. Even some BDF XI players told this publication that it is only Kgengwenyane who can come back and create a competitive environment at the club. Rasta has also coached at Mogoditshane Fighters and Gaborone United and there is no doubt about his experience.

Dragojlo Stanojlovic
He came to Botswana as an unknown but he has won lots of friends since he landed here in 2012. He might not be fluent in English, but Drago is seen as a true professional with a lot of emphasis on discipline. This is something which has made some of BDF XI executive members take notice.

“Drago is always at the stadiums studying the opposition. He is a true professional and you can tell that he is a European. The only thing which might stand against him is inability to speak fluent English,” said a BDF XI official. The Serbian coach is said to have shown willingness to join Matebele if the right offer comes through. He arrived in Botswana in August 2012 to much fanfare to take charge at Mochudi Centre Chiefs. But he soon fell out with the Kgatleng giants and he headed to Extension Gunners where he has done a magnificent job to date.

Stanley Tshosane
Though he seems to have a lot of family commitments since being unceremoniously fired as the national team coach, it is reported that the name of former Zebras’ head coach Stanley Hunter Tshosane has been mentioned in the corridors at the army barracks. Tshosane has won almost every available cup competition in Botswana football with BDF XI in the past. It is without doubt that he is the most decorated local coach.

Of the two front runners, Tshosane comes with a lot of experience both in local and international football. Tshosane guided the Zebras to the African Nations Cup which was played in Equatorial Guinea/Gabon in 2012. Before he became the head coach, he worked as an assistant to Serbian Veselin Jelusic and Colwyn Rowe from England. His experience might come handy for Matebele as they look forward to campaigning in the CAF Confederations Cup next year.

Interestingly, it was under Hunter that BDF XI put up some sterling performance in the continental competition almost a decade ago. Some people within BDF XI believe that if the club approaches Tshosane and bring on Kgengwenyane as his assistant, they can work wonders for the club. Tshosane is currently acting as a technical advisor at First Division South side Mogoditshane Fighters.

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