*Bright arrives, causes transfer stir
*Rollers appoints Darlington Dodo head coach
The prodigal son has returned home and already he is causing a stir in the local market. When he left more than a season ago he was an angry man and gave an impression that he was lost to local football forever.
A lucrative deal has however, tempted the master tactician that David Bright is to return home. The highly experienced coach who started coaching back in 1983 has signed a three year deal with Coke Cup champions, Gaborone United a side he worked with before joining Bay United in South Africa.
United President Tymon Katholo deliberately avoided the controversial question of Bright’s sudden return when he unveiled the former Dream team coach on Tuesday. As one would expect, the coach has been tasked with winning the league and any other available cup.
“This is a son of the soil, in his illustrious football career dating back to Copper Chiefs now FC Satmos Bright has won a number of trophies notably during his time at Mogoditshane Fighters. He has acquitted himself very well in South Africa and with age catching up with him he wanted to come and plough back,” Katholo said. When Voice Sport asked Bright why he has suddenly returned to Botswana football he said he was quoted out of context.
“What I said was that there are a lot of football heroes here in Botswana who are not recognized. With the change of guard in the BFA leadership recently one of the new members talked to me and raised the importance of having me back in local football. So this is why I came back. I feel at home and wanted,” Bright said.
He also took time to describe himself as a football teacher who will have to look at the whole Gaborone United set-up and the type of players there.
“I have looked at this team and still believe it needs to be beefed-up at the back, in midfield and a bit of fire power upfront. I will have a mini-preseason because the players have just ended their season so they won’t be that rusty in two weeks time,” he Bright said.
The former Zebras gaffer also called for a reserve team which he said will accommodate players recovering from injury to keep them match fit. With coaching being a pressure job Bright explained that he is not at United to build a team for the future but rather to win trophies.
Meanwhile another Gaborone giant, Township Rollers has parted ways with interim mentor, Mike Sithole and replaces him with 41 year old Zimbabwean, Darlington Dodo. Though he hardly spends a two seasons in one club Dodo’s CV is impressive and he may just be what the doctor wants at Rollers. He reportedly brings with him two Zimbabwean players who are in the national team and according to sources in Zimbabwe they will set the Botswana league ablaze.