Coach refuses to apply for contract renewal
It is possible that Daniel Dance Chico Nare has never applied for a job in his life, and he is unlikely to start now.
An artisan (refrigeration) at Botswana Meat Commission, he was hired right after completing his Cambridge exams at Lobatse Senior Secondary School. Now the Extension Gunners coach has just been asked to apply for the position he currently occupies.
The Gunners management has reportedly asked the coach to apply for the job if he is interested in leading the club for a forth-consecutive season.
Nare’s current contract with the Lobatse giants comes to an end on Saturday 31 July, and if he has not applied by then he might be out of the Gunners job.
Plain-talking Chico, who has not always seen eye to eye with the Gunners management, told Voice Sport: “I will not apply to be the Gunners coach. I did not get the job through an application in the first place.”
He added that what he is currently doing is seeing off his time at the club as per his contractual agreement.
“It is not like I’m harassing Gunners asking for a renewal of my contract. I’m not pushing them – I’m not even calling them. What I know is that my contract expires at the end of this month, and then I will be free to look for a new team,” he said.
Nare did not rule out a continuation in the Gunners hot seat, saying that he would always give the club first priority if they were show any interest in him. “Gunners are a good team. This is a team that has given me a platform to shine, and if at all they ask for my services I would negotiate further,” he said.
Nare went on to say that the onus lay with the powers that be at the club to map the way forward. He added: “The ball is in their court. I’m not having sleepless nights thinking about my job at Gunners.”
Though he was cagey over information, and did not want to disclose any names, the Gunners tactician said there were teams who had asked about his services.
“Of course teams are inquiring but I’m still contracted to Gunners until 31 July, that’s when I can decide on my next step,” he said.
He flatly rubbished allegations that he is the process of being transferred to Francistown, where many soccer pundits have linked him to Ecco City Greens.
There have been rumours that the BMC management have decided to transfer him to Francistown, after they failed to lure him to coach BMC Football Club.
“That is just silly talk. Media people have been calling me with such rumours, but the truth is that in the sixteen years I have worked for the company I have never had any complaints from my superiors. People do get transferred and if I do it would not be football influenced. As things stand I’m still based in Lobatse and am still the Extension Gunners coach,” he said.
Meanwhile the delay by the Gunners executive to renew Nare’s contract has not gone down well with the team’s branch committees and supporters.
A member of the Gaborone branch who did not want to be named told Voice Sport that there are a couple of people in the Executive who have not supported Nare from day one.
‘Why they have a problem with him is shocking! We are talking about a coach who helped bring the glory days back to the team and they are frustrating him,” he charged.
Chairperson of the Francistown branch Bogosing Bogosing said they are still waiting for the Management to explain how they arrived at the decision to ask Nare to apply for the position of Gunners coach.
“The culture in the team is that chairpersons of branches together with management, should meet and discuss issues of the coach before any decision is taken. We will meet in Francistown and map the way forward,” Bogosing said
He said due to Nare’s performance in the three seasons he has been at the club they had hoped that his contract would be renewed without any hassles.
A secretary for the supporters committee in Palapye said they too were disappointed with the turn of events.
Tiny Laetsang said they saw no reason why Nare had to apply for a job he has been doing so well.
“He did well for the team and should be given a chance to continue,” she said.