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BFA gives Bright 7 days ultimatum

Publishing Date : 12 February, 2019

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

Major David Bright’s tenure as the senior national team head coach is hanging by the thread after BFA’s executive committee evaluated his performance since joining the Zebras almost two years ago- WeekendSport has established.


Highly placed sources at Lekidi Football Centre indicate that BFA has written a letter expressing disappointment about the coach’s unbecoming behaviour that has ultimately led to a string of poor results while at the helm. The letter is reported to have been dispatched to Bright last week Friday. According to sources Bright has been given 7 days to show cause why he should be left to run through the end of his 3 year contract as the coach. As the paper was going to print, sources claim Bright was yet to respond to the association.


Bright was employed a couple of months after BFA’s new administration led by Mac Lean Letshwiti assumed office. He was first hired as a ‘stop gap’ gaffer after the association struggled to part ways with the controversial born mentor Peter James Butler. The national executive committee are saying the coach’s failure to meet any of his targets so far, with the exception of qualifying for the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals 2020, have led to his looming dismissal.


However, BFA sources differ. Some are of the view that Bright’s uncontrollable tongue has been giving the association a torrid time. It is indicated that the former Under 23 coach’s behaviour is the primary reason why BFA labours desperately to fire him. Further information gathered by this publication indicates that Bright has indeed asked for extension (beyond 7 days) to gather facts surrounding his case. However, sources further mention that the association refused to accede to Bright’s call.


Meanwhile, the committee is said to be intent that if it decides at this point to let Bright go, there should be a candidate in place who has agreed terms and would be ready to take over immediately to prepare and propel The Zebras back to a competitive mode. This is the strategy under which an unnamed Russian coach is approached, although at the time of going to print, the association denied they had reached an agreement with anyone.


However, it is said discussions between Bright and BFA regarding financial terms and contractual clauses are said to be at the stage where a contract is ready to be terminated. David Bright had agreed to play in the finals of the past COSAFA Castle Cup but failed when Zimbabwe beat his squad on the plate finals. Bright was also asked to take the Zebras to the finals of AFCON 2019. As things stand, Botswana is languishing at the bottom of group I having collected a single point that came via Burkina Faso clash late last year at 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 goal 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.

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