The Botswana Football Association’s (BFA) decision to fire Zebras coach Major David Bright has enlisted mixed reaction from sport lovers.
Bright took over from the Briton mentor Peter Butler in 2017 on three-year contract running up to June 2020. Bright’s firing comes on the back of poor results in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers.
The Zebras currently remain winless in five games in group I having registered one draw and four defeats, which has left the team bottom of the group with only one point.
Football analysts and followers have expressed different views on Bright’s sacking. One analyst said he the sacking of Bright reflected BFA’s serious stand on the mandate they had given the coach for AFCON.
Fabian Zulu said the BFA should opt for a coach who knows local football better, saying should the association rope a coach from Europe he will perform dismally as well.
“Bright has failed because he took a long time in South African football before coming back to take the national team. He had lost the touch with local football. He also came in when the team was not doing well and was supposed to build it from the scratch,” Zulu said.
The former Notwane and Zimbabwe player singled out coaches such as Madinda Ndlovu, Mike Sithole and Daniel Chicco Nare who did well in the local club coaching level in many occasions as candidates that the BFA should have considered.
Local football coach Rapelang Razor Tsatsilebe said Bright has done well although he failed to have the team qualify for AFCON.
Quizzed on whether the BFA should consider hiring the local coach or a foreigner, he said the BFA will have options in whom to bring into the helm, adding that locals have done their best despite failing here and there.
For me Bright and (Stanley) Tshosane have done well as the local coaches who once drilled the team. I am confident with much support there is lot of potential in some of the local mentors to do well when given time,” said the former Sharps tactician.
BFA spokesperson Tumo Mpane confirmed that the association has agreed to part ways with Bright based on some conditions that transpired between the two parties although cagey with the details.
He said BFA will not be in a rush to fill the vacant post left by Bright, noting that the post will be advertised allowing local and foreign coaches to apply. He refuted claims that former Zebras Coach Jelusic Veselin has been contacted to take over.