Botswana Football Association (BFA) has moved swiftly to appoint Mogomotsi Teenage Mpote as a successor to David Bright. Mpote’s appointment is also an elevation as the Botswana gaffer was tasked with national Under 23 football side.
However, it is noted that Mpote, who is also a development coach at Orapa United will hold the Zebras fort temporarily until the right candidate is identified. Mpote is expected to come along with another local coach Raizer Tsatsilebe who will be responsible for an assistant job portfolio. The duo comes after coach Major David Bright was dismissed midway through his contract. BFA said Bright failed to meet any of deliverables set for him when he took over from Peter Butler in June 2017.
To mark down his failures, BFA said Bright failed to improve Zebras rankings and instead made matters worse. The senior national team has since moved from 138 places to 145 in FIFA rankings and 40 in CAF under the guidance of Major Bright. In other competitions and as it stands, the Zebras are still searching for their first win of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. The tournament is expected to be staged by Egypt in June of this year. Mpote’s tactics will be tested for the first time in March 22 as the national team battle with Angola for the last AFCON qualifier.
Botswana lost home and away to group leaders Mauritania and was also defeated by Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou before a 0-0 draw at Francistown Sports Complex. They also lost their second qualifying game against Angola in Luanda. Currently the Zebras are languishing at bottom of group I; with only one point, four 4 losses. A poor performance by Bright‘s troops who conceded 7 seven goals and scored once.
BFA had initially asked Bright to secure the Zebras’ second appearance at the AFCON finals following their historic appearance in 2012. BFA expected Bright to qualify after CAF announced an increase of qualifying spots at the upcoming competition. Zebras were expected to easily qualify for 2019 edition after they were placed in a group which many spectators viewed it as the easiest with Burkina Faso proving to be the only tougher side.
However, Bright, during his last days, accused BFA for failing to provide him with necessary support; citing that the association didn’t have the budget to help run his roadmap. Mpote and Tsatsilebe are expected assemble a team within three weeks, which will lock horn with Southern African giant Angola in a game where they are expected to redeem the nation pride even though the win won’t have an impact on the log standings as they will still finish at the bottom.
The Manchester United defender will now focus on his club career having made 93 caps for France, appearing at three world cups and on European championship. The Les Bleus won the World cup in 2018 and Raphael Varane started all but one of France’s matches in Qatar as they finished as runners up to Argentina
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.