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BFA to re-hire Butler

President of the Republic of Botswana, Lieutenant General Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama, who is also a patron of Botswana Football Association (BFA), is reported to have convinced the football mother body to consider re-employing the Briton born senior national team coach, Peter Butler, before his contract comes to an end in the next few days.


WeekendSport moles say the often controversial national team mentor who retains much adoration and support from the highest office in the land; office of the president (OP), could have complained bitterly about the unfair treatment he got from the mother body, more particularly to do with his remuneration package. Butler, throughout his rollercoaster ride with the association last year, was a regular visitor at the office.


As things stand, the association has been deeply divided about the way forward in deciding Butler’s fate. Reports emerging from Lekidi football center indicate that the two immediate lieutenants of President Mac Lean Letshwiti want a proper technical review to be carried on Butler’s performance ever since he drilled the national squad three years ago.


The assessment that is set to attract back-lash within some quarters is seen to be already behind schedule. As of today, Saturday 11th, 19 days will be left for the association to initiate their review process, but there is a lingering doubt that such will eventually happen and is expected to take a longer time. Butler’s contract expires in March 31’st 2017 and pressure is gradually building on the back of the association to heed a call from the highest office. Another thought is silently entertained to forget about the appraisals.


“There is no time to conduct a technical report on him, we are already in March, and his contract is already over, we have to act now,” a source from NEC shared. The pendulum is seen to be swinging in favor of the coach, and like before, he is likely to pull strings at will during negotiations of contract extension.  Already, it is reported that Butler wants salary adjustment. The matter is slowly slipping out of the association’s hands and whatever Butler’s demands, there has to be confrontation with the powers that be.


Butler will continue to be assisted by BR. Highlanders coach, Oris ‘Boyo’ Radipotsane.  Keitumetse Paul will be the second assistant coach, and his name is penciled down to lead the national under 23 side. BFA communication say the issue of the head coach is done and conducted internally first, any other communication will be available after everything else is done.


”The association is working on the matter, we will communicate to yourselves after everything is conducted,’’ Tumo Mpatane said. Butler however, has been eyed by different nations in Africa, most notably, Rwanda federation has shortlisted his name for interviewing. It is not yet clear if he has gone for the first selection criteria.


The profile of the Brighton was regarded as interesting and worth tested when employed back in 2014. But little was said about the British except that he was to cost little to the association much as compared to Uganda coach, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic when selection was conducted. Reports mentioned at the eve of his appointment that Keith Masters, the former BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO)-who is also of British origin, convinced the sometimes stubborn National Executive Committee about this coach and further showed that he exemplify the massive influence he will have in Botswana football.

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