Botswana Football Association (BFA) affiliates have aired concerns about the conduct of the national senior soccer team coach Peter Butler. The affiliates say the coach’s attitude and conduct towards stakeholders is unbecoming. The concern was raised during the association’s Annual General Assembly (AGM) held over the weekend. Bringing up the matter the affiliates pointed out that the coach’s conduct towards stakeholders, especially the media is not a good one and needs to be addressed.
Since his arrival in Botswana as Zebras coach, Butler has in numerous occasions been at the centre fracas arising from the comments he made. This has not settled well with affiliates. The coach recently caused a stir by openly belittling the naming of Lesego Galenamotlhale as the league’s Player of the season. Butler said the player was over rated as there were more deserving players. This comment infuriated the player, his club, his friends and the Footballer’s Union Botswana (FUB).
His club Mochudi Centre Chiefs registered their concern with BFA. The affiliates wanted to know how the matter is being handled.
Responding to their concerns BFA President Tebogo Sebego, who did not want to go into details, said they are currently looking into the matter. Sebego pointed out that the association is engaging all parties that may have been affected by the coach’s remarks. “I do not think this matter is for this forum as it is being addressed and the affiliates will be made aware of the outcome,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sebego has put to end speculations about the former vice-president administration Tariq Babitseng’s future at the association. He said after the National Executive Committee’s (NEC) careful consideration of the report compiled on Babitseng’s matter he was relieved of his duties. “This is because it was found that he was not suitable for the position,” he said. Babitseng has been embroiled in a controversy regarding funds used in Zebras’ international trips and was suspended pending investigation.