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Ex- Libyan coach for Zebras job

Publishing Date : 22 July, 2019


Algerian born gaffer Adel Amrouche has emerged as a surprise front runner for the Senior National Team coaching job- WeekendSport has learnt. The football association is expected to announce the next coach as adjudicators tasked with interviewing and recruiting the right candidate are busy forwarding names to the technical committee.

Sources speaking with this publication indicate that Amrouche has pulled an astonishing comeback, leap frogging Vaselin Julesic who was believed to be the type of mold BFA wants. Amrouche’s last football involvement was Lybia but resigned after failing to take the country to the just ended edition of AFCON 2019. It is said the coach who has dual citizenship-one from Belgium- left the Libya football team who are famously known as Desert Knights because of unchecked salary frustrations.

Sources further state that Amrouche is courted to watch The Zebras as they play against Zambia in the second round of CHAN competition two weeks from now. It is not clear whether the association has somersaulted against the decision to re- employ Vasco as he is commonly known or Amrouche is just providing a needed competitive edge. Vasco even went to an extent of attending Zebras game against Angola at Francistown Sports complex but information about his ascendency to the post disappeared without trace since then.

Veselin coached The Zebras sometimes in 2002 and arguably remains the best mentor to have drilled the squad. The Serbian coach once changed from international assignments to club football with Bloemfontein Celtic but did not last due to financial difficulties. However, there remains a strong possibility that an identified Russian coach may take the plum post. While that is happening, Peter Butler’s name is mentioned, but the BFA does not want anything to do with him.  It is reported that the Minister of Youth empowerment, Culture and sport development is the man pushing the association to re-appoint him.

A key consideration at the BFA is a possible public or media backlash when it approaches the Algerian particularly that he was not the kind of high profile appointment that was expected.  It is also obvious that former Major David Bright was furious about the manner in which his case was handled. BFA felt the coach had failed to turn around the fortunes of the country. But in whatever way, the local football body is ready and prepared for hostile response from some quarters.

Even if many admired the former Gaborone United mentor, the BFA seems unmoved in its determination that ‘Fakuda’ as he is known in football circles had failed on his undertakings.  The football regime is said to be willing to interview and agree possible terms with the pragmatic coach as soon as possible to start assembling and drilling the depleted national squad. However, the Algerian does need little introduction. His first African experience as a national team coach was with Kenya before settling with Burundi.



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