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Stan could return

Publishing Date : 10 July, 2017


Former Zebras gaffer Stanley ‘Hunter’ Tshosane might return for national duty, albeit as Technical Advisor to Botswana Football Association (BFA), as attempts to re-condition the national teams are given first priority.

The association feels Tshosane, as the first and only local coach to have led the Senior National team into new territories of AFCON soils in 2012, has vast knowledge of the local game and his experience should not be allowed to go to waste.

The soft-spoken mentor was seen and photographed last weekend at Moruleng Stadium during COSAFA games ahead of Zebras’ encounter with Zambia and Bafana-Bafana.  It is believed he was preparing notes to offer technical advice to the national team. The national team as led by Oris Radipotsane has once again fared dismally at the tournament, losing all their games.

However when approached for comment, Tshosane flatly denied the development, only admitting that he went there to watch the game on personal grounds. “I swear I never prepared notes for anyone, the people in my company were the one doing that task.  I was just watching the game as it is my hobby,” he said.

However, the underlying move by the association to appoint Tshosane immediately repels swirling rumours that he is being prepared to take the Zebras coaching job. It is noted that Tshosane is waiting to hear more from the BFA about their intentions. 

Known as a strict disciplinarian, the former army coach is believed to be the right choice to work with a squad (though at a distance) that often times lacks discipline, sources say. Stan who is approaching 60 years of age was first appointed to the position of Botswana senior national team coach in 2008, following a short spell as caretaker coach. In 2012, he led the Zebras to their maiden appearance in AFCON 2012 co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. A year later, in October, after BFA new leadership assumed power, he was sacked for failing to replicate his 2012 success story.

Critics suggested he was only offered the job because the football association could not afford to hire a better reputable "name." Previously he had been assistant to the Serbian mentor Veselin Jelušic as well as English manager Colwyn Rowe for the national team. Whilst working as an assistant for the national team, he had also been manager of the Botswana Defence Force XI (BDF XI) for a lengthy spell. As a player, he had also played for BDF XI.

It is not yet clear if Tshosane and BFA have ironed out their differences. When his situation grew precarious in 2013, he felt he was sabotaged by the people he had trusted. But sources say the Jackalas number 1 born coach now enjoys a healthy relationship with the association and that is why they are contemplating bringing him on board.

Sources observe that the thought to hire him have to do with BFA heeding the president’s cry to appoint a technical expert who can work hand in hand with the technical director to improve the status of local football-right from youth level. Insiders however say BFA president, MacLean Letshwiti prefers a foreign candidate for this post. Whether he has finally succumbed to internal pressure is a subject awaiting confirmation.



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