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Kavazovic blocks media interviews

Publishing Date : 27 November, 2017


Newly appointed Township Rollers head Coach; Nikola Kavazovic is not so fond of the local media. The Serbian has announced publicly that he will not engage the media nor take any match interviews at any given time.

Kavazovic announced how he would build the rigid wall between him and the local media shortly after a tightly contested game between his club Township Rollers and emerging premier league power houses, Orapa United.  The game ended in 2 all draw. Kavazovic believes that some media houses (names withheld) are deliberately peddling untruths about him and more often than not, misquote him.

“I would like to apologise to every one of you who are writing lies about me every single day, which is why I came to tell you I’ve decided not to give any more interviews or statements while I am in Botswana.” He continued, “The reason is very simple, whatever I say, you are not going to pay attention to football, you are taking some words from my statements which bring me to the BPL and BFA courts. The BPL prosecutors are treating me like a criminal, like I killed a man.”

Kavazovic specifically refers to the incident that occurred after their game against premier league rookies Sharps Shooting Stars. He was quoted as referring to the club as a small team- words which apparently took him before the angry faces of the BFA jury.  The Rollers mentor was tried for bringing the game of football into disrepute and pleaded not guilty two weeks ago. The judgment is still pending. All the while, and as a measure of caution Kavazovic will at all times attend to interviews from the television stations only.

It is not clear what his contract stipulates in as far as dealing with the media is concerned, but the premier league says it is still consulting to help tackle the issue. Should he remain steadfast on his insistency to distance himself from the media, the Serbian mentor will have taken the same route as former national team coach, Peter James Butler who too declared a media standoff while leading the Zebras.

Kavazovic started coaching in 1996 in BASK Belgrade, as a youth coach. Besides BASK, Kavazovic worked as youth and senior coach in BSK, Zarkovo, Borac and Resnik. In 1998, Kavazovic graduated from Belgrade Sports University as the youngest and highest educated football coach in SR Yugoslavia.

In January 2012, Kavazovic moved to Asia, Tajikistan, and became Istiqlol FC head coach. In his first season there, Istiqlol won the Tajikistan Super cup and AFC Presidents Cup. Also, they won a silver medal in the Tajikistan elite league, and lost Tajikistan Cup finals against Regar Tad Az after a penalty series.

In his second season, Istiqlol finished the first part of the season with a record of 8 wins, 0 draws and one defeat. After 8 straight wins, Istiqlol lost an away game to Champions Ravshan Kulob, and Kavazovic was sacked the following day, on June 17, 2013. Nowhere, along his football career reflects that he has had a bad relationship with the media.



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