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Why it is time take Chico serious

For far too long, Daniel Nare‘s character and football standing as a coach embodied simplicity and hard work. This is a local bred coach who has threatened foreign gaffers with his coaching philosophy, a style that has excited and irked football purists in equal measure.

‘Chico’ as Nare is famously called in football circles, has managed a few different clubs in the homeland, but his stewardship of the then swashbuckling BMC FC in 2011-12 season, remains his best memorable achievement ever. He finished second behind marauding Mochudi Center Chiefs, 10 points shy of the finishing line. That season he won the ‘Best Coach of the Season’ award, even when Madinda Ndlovu had taken the league title with two games to spare.

But as any self-respecting purveyor of sporting cliché knows, it is never a bad idea to keep quiet and let your football do the talking. The only hanging problem for  Daniel Nare, is that he has often wanted to let his talking do the talking – which is a shame since, by and large, his football has spoken loud enough.

For a coach whose career is barely two decades old, Nare’s coaching resume is very interesting and worth the test. He has presided over one promotion, one staggeringly good debut top-flight campaign, one freewheeling title charge, one dramatic league season and traceable records at the national under 23 sides. Yet throughout, he has continued to serve as a punchline, painted by a substantial cohort.

Now nine games into the current season, his Security Systems side sit at the top of the pile, having played two of the big guns; Orapa United and Township Rollers. Only one team has scored more and no side has conceded fewer than Systems. Is Botswana football finally ready to recognize Nare as an elite-level coach? In fact, why has he not already been recognised?

The answer is not straightforward, no matter what some of his harsher detractors would want to believe, although it is true that he has often failed to do himself any favours when a microphone has been aimed his way. In today’s culture, it only takes one slip of the tongue – one tiny soundbite lacking in self-awareness – to make you look silly. Nare’s model has worked across the board: promotion-chasing minnow, sleeping giant, trophy-hovering Goliath figure, and now an aspirational upper-middleweight.

In each instance, he has found a new gear, improved his team beyond expectation and created a side better than the sum of its parts, at least for a time. Young and veteran players excel under his watch. Attackers – especially hard-running and bloodthirsty centre-forwards – flourish like never before. Best of all, he has never needed big money to make big progress.  Almost two seasons ago, he made a telling mark with Miscellaneous Sporting Club. He left the team in contention for top honors. At Orapa United, he went straight into the finals of the top 8 tournament for the first time of asking.

Yet even at United, the least tangibly successful of his last three jobs and one where things went downhill badly towards the end, he put together a sensationally exciting team. Now at Systems, pundits still ask the question whether he will last longer at the top, or he will soon fall down. His demonstrations this season speak volumes about winning a bigger and better trophy this season. Can he deliver or time will tell?

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Mason Greenwood attempted rape charges dropped

2nd February 2023

Charges of attempted rape and assault have been dropped against Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood who was arrested in January 2022 after the allegations emerged.

The 21-year-old was arrested in January last year amid allegations surrounding images and videos that emerged online.

He was later charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the charges were discontinued after a key witness withdrew their involvement.

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Raphael Varane announces retirement from international football after 10 years of service.

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Finally, sponsors jerk BFA

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With many being of the view that the state of football in Botswana has deteriorated significantly as it is no longer appealing to the business community, this was a good week for the football community. The Botswana Football Association (BFA) leadership under the stewardship of MacLean Letshwiti secured sponsorship for a combined value of P19. 3 million for the FA Cup competition and the First Division league – both South and North.

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