Madinda a possibility as Bots coach resigns
By Bakang Mhaladi
GABORONE – Former Zimbabwe international, Madinda Ndlovu has emerged as a possible candidate to replace Briton, Peter Butler who resigned as Botswana national team coach last week.
Just days after criticizing his employers, the Botswana Football Association (BFA), Butler left the Zebras to join South African side, Platinum Stars.
Ndlovu who coaches local side, Orapa United, is the most decorated coach in Botswana’s BTC Premiership with three league medals and the Top 8 cup under his belt.
He has previous experience as Zimbabwe national team coach. Ndlovu together with Zambian, Mike Sithole, former Zebras coach, David Bright and Stanley Tshosane are the early names being thrown around to succeed Butler.
However, the BFA has said Butler’s assistant, Boyo ‘Oris’ Radipotsane would hold fort, and would take charge of the Zebras’ upcoming assignment against Zambia in the COSAFA Senior Challenge next month.
“We would like to thank Peter James Butler for what he has done since 2014. We wish him the best in future. Oris Radipotsane has taken over and will be in charge during the COSAFA Cup,” BFA public relations officer, Tumo Mpatane said.
He did not say when the hunt for the new coach would begin. Ndlovu was not immediately available for comment as he is away in his homeland on off-season break.
The Zebras have just started the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and Butler had been asked to take the team to Cameroon for the finals.
However, just 90minutes into the qualifiers, that appeared a bridge too far when Mauritania scored late on to condemn the Zebras to a damaging home defeat.
Butler was left seething, accusing his employers of failing to provide adequate support to the national team.
In the run-up to his resignation, Butler said he did not regret his utterances which rubbed the BFA the wrong way.
“The truth has to come out for the sake of the country. If it hurts then that’s unfortunate. The BFA has to change radically, otherwise they will go nowhere. It is not personal, it is for the good of the country. The people want to see their national team winning, but if you don’t support the players and coaches and give them correct provisions, what chance have we got,” Butler said.
Butler then joined Stars on a two year deal on Thursday and has left the door open for Botswana players to join the South African side.
“Obviously, there are good players (in Botswana) and that (signing them) is a possibility,” he said.