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Butler puts foot down

Botswana’s senior national football team coach, Peter ‘PJ’ Butler has lashed out at players who “compromise the pride of the nation for money.”

This comes after two Zebras players; Ofentse ‘Size 10 ’Nato and Mogakolodi ‘Tsotso’ Ngele absconded from the Zebras camp when they were supposed to be part of the Zebras squad . Speaking to BOPA from Egypt, Butler said Ngele walked out of the camp because he was not happy being substituted.

According to the coach, the player did not perform, but he decided to pick up his belongings and leave without permission.“Tsotso has not performed well for the national team on a consistent basis and  he acted childish and I don’t need players like him, or Nato who was drunk at training.”

About Nato, the coach said, in fact, it was not the first time that he had arrived at the training camp drunk. The coach further said no player was bigger than the team, and that he had a wonderful relationship with the team as everyone knew.

“I am the one setting the rules and not the players,” he pointed out. What disturbed him the most, he said, was the fact that it seemed nobody wanted to know the truth because everyone looked frightened and was protecting the players.

The coach said there was a serious discipline problem in some of the players, therefore they needed stern disciplinary measures to keep them in line. “Discipline is what I base my whole ethos on; without it we have nothing,” he pointed out.

Regarding the game against Egypt, Butler said the morale was high in the camp, and that on October 13 they had a video session and some training. He however said they would shake up the team on Wednesday by deploying different players to see what would work for the team. The Zebras lost 2-0 to Egypt on Friday.

Contacted for comment, Ngele, who is already in Rustenburg in South Africa, said he walked out of the camp for personal reasons. Concerning the coach’s allegations of poor performance, the Platinum Stars player said it was interesting why the coach continued to call him up despite the claims .

“But why did he call me if at all I was not helping the country. Anyway I am not angry and should he call me for camp I will definitely avail myself. I will put the country first,” he said.

Efforts to reach Ofentse Nato were unsuccessful as he had already gone back to India. He was in the starting lineup when his team Atletidekolkata beat Mumbai City three nil on October 12.

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