Newly appointed Senior National Team head coach Adel Amrouche, agreed to a staggering P250 000 monthly pay-check with the Botswana Football Association (BFA), a revelation that marks the Belgian coach as the highest paid gaffer in the history of Botswana football.
Sources claim that Amrouche was first given P150 000, an offer which he out rightly rejected, before he upped and left for a holiday. He however, gave the association a ‘take it or leave it’ proposition, only to be contacted a week later with news that his monetary whims will be met with. The Belgian has since signed a two year deal with the association. The recruitment panel was convinced that the gaffer had to be adequately satisfied at the negotiating table, for him to bring optimal results in the field of play.
Amrouche, is by far the most experienced foreign coach of the African game to be hired by the association. This discovery now means that finances, have once again, played a critical part during the thought process of the association. Sports analysts and observers do not doubt that the association will come up with the monies to pay the country’s most expensive coach yet, there are however, presentiments that the coach is being paid a king’s ransom for targets which are arguably within reach for a professional of his caliber. Amrouche is expected to win the COSAFA senior Cup next year and also reach the finals of African Cup of Nations (AFCON), which will be held in Cameron in June 2021, a target believed to be a walk in the park for him. The qualifying rounds are expected to commence in October of this year.
While he is anticipated to improve the country’s FIFA rankings, Amrouche is also expected to apply himself well on the qualifying rounds of the football world cup.This coming weekend will have many Botswana football supporters waiting in bated breath, as the spotlight will be onAmrouche, to show case his talent as coach and proof his money’s worth; when he and his team to go up against The Flames of Malawi. Remarkably, Amrouche’s salary far surpasses that of former Coach Peter James Butler, who remains the only coach to have taken The Zebras to the finals of the COSAFA cup. Butler was interviewed and agreements were made to pay him P85 000 per month. His basic salary was to be P70 000, P14 000 as housing allowance, with P 1 000 as cell phone allowance. But like Amrouche, he declined the offer until the association got back to him with a new and higher pay which saw him smiling all the way to the bank with P91 000, as his salary. Unfortunately, BFA expects to face public backlash over the scale tipping salary of Amrouche. The Botswana head coach has worked with East African giants of Burundi and Kenya, together with Libya, before accepting Botswana’s call. Even though he had more challenges to take on in his portfolio during his term as head coach, Bright, (Botswana’s head coach in 2016), will now be seen as the least paid.
Stanley Tshosane, the only local coach to have reached the finals of AFCON, earned close to P70 000. But his stock rose after taking the squad to AFCON showpiece of 2012. Both Julesic Vaseline and Colwyn Rowe – who all came before Tshosane- were offered deals higher than that of Bright, but never close to that of Amrouche.Vaseline agreed to a measly P65 000 during his term, while Rowe agreed to close the deal close with P80 000.
Athletics is one of the sporting activities that for many years has been consistently performing extremely well in international competitions. One of the reasons is the availability of qualified and experienced coaches, who have been working tirelessly on the ground to ensure that they scout talent and develop more athletes.
For the first time after eons, football clubs plying their trade in the elite league are walking in the shadow of the undefined with nothing concrete agreed and on sight before the commencement of the football season.