NEW ZEBRAS COACH PROMISES TO ‘UNPACK’ THE BUS
Newly appointed Zebras coach Peter James Butler has promised to bring the blend of football locals have been crying out for.
The 47-year-old Briton who was unveiled on Wednesday at the BFA’s Lekedi Centre said his philosophy was to be attack minded.
“I know in modern football coaches play not to lose games, but I don’t. I always try to win,” he said.
The Zebras new coach said he believes in attacking formations such as 4-3-3 that allows players to express themselves.
“The system will be determined by the type of players I will find here,” he said.
The former West Ham and West Bromwich midfielder brings to an end Botswana Football Association’s four months search for fired coach Stanley Tshosane’s replacement.
The UEFA Pro license holder has penned a three year deal with Tebogo Sebego’s led association – his 13th coaching role in the last 14 years.
Butler, who has also coached in Australia and South-East Asia said he did not take the Zebras job for the money, but simply for the challenge it presented.
“This challenge excites me,” he said. “I don’t let people down, I won’t let you down,” Butler promised.
Outlining his roadmap, the man already nicknamed TJ by local fans said he intends to be hands on with the junior national teams to ensure Zebras feeder teams stay competitive.
“We have to develop a recruitment system – every national team should be competitive,” said Butler.
“There is a huge amount of talent here.
I particularly want to recruit players from the Under 20s for the future.”
BFA President Tebogo Sebego waxed lyrical about their new man calling his appointment: “a match made in heaven.”
“We were looking for someone with a highest pedigree qualification and nothing beats a UEFA Pro license.
We also wanted somebody who has coached at development level and Butler has done that,” said Sebego.
The BFA President further said what also set their new man apart from the rest of the candidateswas his sports science qualification and managerial and interpersonal training.
“You may take this for granted, but it is essential in the modern game.
The coach will be responsible for all the necessaryarrangements whenever the team has international engagements,” he said.
“It is something we had overlooked before and he told us that that’s how things are done.
We will no longer have incidences of the team being stranded at airports.
“He is as hungry for success as we are,” he added.
Recognising that there would be challenges ahead the BFA President urged the football community to rally behind Butler and the association in their efforts to turn the country’s football fortunes around.
Only hours after his unveiling Butler wasalready experiencing his first challenges in Botswana, but sadly the BFA could do nothing about it.
The country’s scorching heat was a bit too much for the Briton on Wednesday prompting him to post on his twitter account: “Wow ! It was hot 2day I turned pink!”
The coach has already become a hit on social media interacting with local football fans, which has seen a steady increase of followers.
MIXED REACTION TO THE NEW BOSS
Veteran coach Paul Moyo told Voice Sports that if people received the new coach with open arms and did not put politics into his appointmenthe could bring favourable results.
“People can be jealous for nothing. If we are all keen in seeing our football grow then we should support him as coaches. We can contribute a lot by helping him identify talent,” said Moyo.
Miscellaneous mentor Chippa Koolese also said he was happy that finally the national team has a coach.
“It does not matter where a coach comes from, the language is still football and I’m willing to work well with him,” he said.
However former Zebras defender Pius Kgolagano said the appointment was not done in a proper way.
“A coach should find a team in existence. Where will he start? Where will he get the information about players?” asked Kgolagano.
The former hard tackling defender said Butler will be operating in a vacuum unless somebody from the BFA appoints themselves an interim coach.
“Somebody should have been there to brief the coach, but the entire technical team was fired, so who is currently briefing the coach?”
Zebras diehard fan Samuel Rakgowa sharedhis sentiments.
“I’m not sure about this appointment I thought someone with African experience would be more suitable.
I however will still wear my Zebras regalia in our next game,” he said.