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BFA agrees terms with Amrouche

Publishing Date : 05 August, 2019

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

Adel Amrouche has concluded talks with Botswana Football Association (BFA) and will soon be revealed as the new coach to supplant Major David Bright - WeekendSport has established.


The Algerian- Belgium born gaffer was interviewed last week and agreed a three year contract that comes with a major responsibility of carrying the Senior National Team to the finals of AFCON 2021 to be held in Cameroon. The association is expected to make an announcement in the next coming days where interim coach Mgomotsi Mpote will take the assistant role on a permanent deal. However, BFA high ranking officials denied all reports linking Amrouche to the Zebras plum post.Maclean Letshwiti, the BFA boss together with his CEO Mfolo Mfolo, refused to confirm or deny the appointment of the Algerian whose last coaching task ended bitterly with the Desert foxes of Lybia.


Letshwiti when reached for comment said he is not the right person to talk about the appointment of a coach. He will later agree that recruitment is ongoing and the right panel will make recommendations as soon as the job is done. “I am sorry I am not the right person to be talking about the appointment of a coach, I have tasked team that will report to me as soon as they are done. But if they are done please ferry your questions to the CEO,” he said. But when Mfolo was contacted, the soft spoken CEO also declined to comment on Amrouche links. “I cannot discuss with the media issues that are contractually based. You will have to understand that some of the coaches who have applied are still contracted to other teams/ countries. So it is obvious that this will need high confidentiality until we are done,” he argued.


However, WeekendSport sources are adamant that BFA has finally settled for this gaffer despite the fact that he was not the kind of high profile appointment that was expected. Further scrutiny on Amrouche monthly wages was not successful, but it is said that the Belgian has asked more than what the BFA could bargain.
As the paper was going for print, nothing was established as to why the association had somersaulted on their initial thinking that former gaffer, Jesulic Vaselin was to take the reins. It is clear, however that finances have played part in BFA thinking to finally agree with Amrouche. According to information on his coaching resume, Amrouche began his managerial career in 1988 by coaching the youth ranks of local club OMR El Annasser while playing for the senior team.  He held the same role during his playing stints with USM Alger and RC Kouba.


In 2002, he was appointed as the manager of Congolese club Daring Club Motema Pembe. In 2007, Amrouche became the coach of the Burundi national football team. On 1 January 2011, Amrouche turned down an offer to take over the vacant managerial role of Algerian club ES Sétif, preferring to continue in his role with the Burundi national team. On 29 February 2012, Amrouche resigned as the manager of Burundi, just a day after a 2–1 win against Zimbabwe in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. In February 2013, Amrouche was named coach of the Kenya national football team taking over the position from James Nandwa who was there on temporary basis after the departure of Henri Michel. After 18 months at the helm, he was sacked on 3 August 2014 following Kenya's 1–0 aggregate loss to Lesotho in the second round of qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. He managed USM Alger in 2016. He became manager of the Libyan national team in May 2018. He resigned from the position in October 2018.
 

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