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Butler flirts with Tanzania

Publishing Date : 08 August, 2016

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

Senior National team coach, Peter James Butler

Frustrated Senior National team coach, Peter James Butler is reportedly a wanted man in Tanzanian football, however the Britain born mentor is allegedly delaying the move until the Botswana Football Association (BFA) is past its general elections.

The Zebras coach is weighing his options, and dawdling- until he knows his fate with Botswana football, and this can only be clear after the BFA power wrangle is put to rest after the elections next weekend.

Last week Friday, WeekendSport sources say, Butler reported the BFA for the second time, to the Office of the President for breach of contract. Should the Sebego regime retain their seats, Butler is likely to find himself in hot soup for inviting third parties in the matter that could have been solved with his employers, sources say.   But, if a new regime wins the office, Tanzania’s hopes of snatching the former West ham United player from under our noses may be dashed. Sources close to developments say that Butler has won deep adoration from those in the highest offices.

Early this year, the coach revealed that the BFA owed him in excess of P300,000 which included his gratuity and a cost of living adjustment.

However, BFA has reportedly paid him the gratuity but the two are deadlocked on the issue of cost of living adjustment and match bonuses including that for reaching the finals of the COSAFA held in Namibia in June.

The coach has one year left in his contract and has reportedly been eyeing a renewal before the fallout with the Association emerged.  A key factor in the thinking capacity of the NEC of whether to face public or even media back lash is anticipated to play a pivotal role in approaching the often controversial national coach, particularly that he is still furious about the manner in which his case is being handled. The local football body is said to be prepared for hostility it might get from some quarters.

Should he opt to take up the Tanzania offer, finances and accommodation will certainly play a pivotal role in his decision making. He is known to be a tough negotiator who circumspectly forced BFA to offer him a salary of P 85 000 per month; P70 000 as basic salary, P14 000 as housing allowance while the remaining P1000 was cell phone allowance. Efforts to reach the Briton were unsuccessful as he is reportedly currently on leave in his native country.

When he was employed back in 2014, Butler was regarded as “interesting and tested”. But little was said about the British except that he was to cost much less to the BFA as compared to Ugandan coach, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic when selection was conducted. Reports said at the eve of his appointment, Keith Masters, the former BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO)-who is also of British origin, convinced the sometimes stubborn NEC about the coach and further showed that he would exemplify the massive influence he will have in Botswana football. Nobody is however easily drawn into commenting about this issue as day by day it is regarded as “sensitive and very important”. But trickling down the NEC vine is that “the issue of the national team coach will be done and dusted as time goes on”

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