Botswana FA starts search for new Zebras coach

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Over 100 coaches have applied for the vacant Botswana national team coach job, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) has said.

The Zebras coaching job fell vacant in June this year when Adel Amrouche’s contract was not renewed.

BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Goabaone Taylor said they had already received applications for the job with most applicants being foreign coaches.

“We have just started the screening process and we are dealing with a lot of applications. The intention is to have hired a coach before the end of the year,” Taylor said.

In August, the BFA released an advert calling for applications for the post of head coach. The advert stated that the suitable candidate for the job should have a CAF Pro or CAF A license.

Those holding UEFA Pro or UEFA A license have also been encouraged to apply. A Master’s Degree in Sports Science qualification was cited as an added advantage.

The coach will be given a mandate of building a solid team that will qualify for the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). The Zebras made their maiden and last appearance at the tournament in 2012.

“If at all we fail to hire a coach before the end of the year we would definitely do that early next year (2022). I am confident that the process to appoint will not go beyond early next year,” Taylor added.

Amrouche joined the Zebras late in 2019 but the league has not been active since March last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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By FARPost Reporter