Bots FA turn to Bright to revive Zebras

By Bakang Mhaladi

Gaborone – The Botswana Football Association (BFA) has turned to experienced mentor, David Bright, to take charge of the national side, on a three year deal.

Bright replaces Briton, Peter Butler who left at the end of his three year term to join South African side, Platinum Stars this month.

Bright has vast coaching experience, having handled sides in the South African Premiership, which include Cape Town outfits Santos and Bay United.

He has previously coached the Zebras and excited a football crazy nation with a near-qualification to the 2008 Beijing Olympics with the Under-23 side.

Bright was unveiled during a press briefing in Gaborone this week, when he pledged to restore the Zebras’ battered image.

He made an audacious claim that Botswana might even qualify for the World Cup during his tenure.

“We are taking (charge of) the national team as locals, who knows, we might go as far as the World Cup. We are taking the baton not to move backwards but forward as it happens in a relay,” Bright said.

The Zebras are without a win in seven official matches dating back to June 2016, as Butler preferred giving young players more game time, which affected results.

Bright, who like his predecessor also has a sharp tongue, is expected to bring immediate results but faces a baptism of fire just days into the new job when he leads the Zebras against South Africa in the first leg of the Africa Nations Championship on Saturday.

South Africa recently beat the Zebras 2-0 in the COSAFA Cup plate semi-final in Rustenburg and has proved to be Botswana’s bogey side over the years.

“Bright brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the local and international game. He has won cups and has vast knowledge of local players,” the BFA said on Bright’s appointment.

BFA president, Maclean Letshwiti urged the nation and the media to fully support the incoming coach.

Bright will be assisted by Police XI coach, Isaiah ‘Sthando’ Mogwadi while former national team goalkeeper, Thabo Motang comes in as goalkeeper coach, in a reshuffle which throws out part of the team, which worked under Butler.

Forme r Zebr as number one, Modiri Marumo, who works as goalkeeper coach at Polokwane City in South Africa, was demoted, barely two weeks into his new job.

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