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Bright under BFA scrutiny

Publishing Date : 21 January, 2019

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

There is a strong possibility that Major David Bright-the current Senior National Team coach- might become the first casualty under Botswana Football Association (BFA) new administration era with information that the National Executive Committee (NEC) begins to dissect his laid down deliverables.


Sources speaking with WeekendSport indicate that  some members of the committee believe Bright was not the kind of appointment they had wanted when employing him late in 2017. It is believed that Bright was supposed to serve as interim coach after the fall of the controversial gaffer, Peter Butler. Sources have also revealed to this publication that Bright and BFA agreed on four major deliverables at the time he inked down a contract.


According to sources, the time is nigh to run a rule over Bright’s tenure as Zebras head coach.  The first set goal for the coach was to improve the country’s football rankings. At the time he occupied the seat in September 2017, Botswana was ranked 121 in the world and 35 in Africa. The BFA as led by president Maclean Letshwiti had wanted the gaffer to move the country at least 15 places up the standings.


At the close of last year, the Zebras scenario took a turn for the worst. The country under Bright had dropped to 139 in the world while in Africa it was ranked 40. The second set target was to transport the country to the finals of AFCON 2019. As things stand, the country is languishing at the bottom of group I having collected a single point that came via Burkina Faso clash late last year in Francistown Sports Complex.


 It is safe to admit that the former Under-23 coach assumed a depleted squad that had started the 2019 campaign on a back foot with a loss against now group winners Mauritania. Then the squad was drilled by Butler. The team lost their first game by a solitary goal and since then they never recovered.


The NEC, by all accounts, will deem that as a failed aim on the side of Bright. The coach has so far played four AFCON qualifying games, drawing one and losing the other three. His ultimate match will be played at Francistown against Angola that desperately needs three points to reach AFCON finals that has now found a new host in Egypt.


The third well known goal that was given to the Zebras coach was o take the squad to COSAFA finals at least once on his 3 year contract. So far Fakuda as he is well known in football circles has participated only once on the COSAFA tournament. His squad, last year, could only reach the plate finals, a stage two cuts below the major finals.


The ultimate deliverable is to play the finals of another African tournament known as the African Nations Championship (CHAN). The tourney only allows African based players to participate and was first played in 2007. Bright is yet to try his tactics on this tournament. It is not yet clear if BFA president is ready to wield the axe. However, the association has its fair shares of blames that might have contributed immensely on Bright’s laid down blunders.  


BFA has to accede to the fact that the quality of football is no longer attractive particularly at the elite league. This is a finding that has been shared to the association by a German philosopher who was invited to institute a study about the local football way before Bright was employed. Observers also state that Bright inherited similar problems that troubled the association from time immemorial. Even during Bright’s tenure players were still boycotting trainings while AFCON qualifying games were on going.

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