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BUTLER tongue lashes BFA

Botswana national team soccer coach, Peter James Butler has lashed out at
some Botswana Football Association(BFA) members accusing them of
“sabotage’’ that hindered the national team’s progress. Butler said this,
after the Zebras torrid display over the weekend which saw the team
succumbing to a shocking home defeat to a lowly regarded Mauritanian side.

Butler who was fuming with anger over his side’s 1-Nil defeat to the
minnows Mauritania was a disgruntled man and accused BFA of petty off the
field incidents that contributed to Zebras demise. The Zebras finds
themselves in a tough group made up of the daunting duo of Burkina Faso and
Angola with the less fancied Mauritanian side looking to cause an upset.

In a post-match interview, the Briton who never shies away from speaking
his mind, mentioned off the field incidents as the ones contributing to the
poor performance witnessed by his side.

“We played fantastic football but what goes on outside is totally
unacceptable,’’ he asserted. The coach expressed that they were happy with
the current BFA President Maclean Letshwiti but maintained that the
predicament was created by those surrounding him.

“We wonder if they are with us or not,’’ lashed out Butler. The agitated
Zebras mentor was of the view that those people should stop sabotaging
those who want to do good for the nation as he was fed up with back
stabbing in the football fraternity.

The “Butler and BFA feud’’ goes back a long way back with Butler at one
point accusing Benny Kgomela, former BFA Technical Director, of a similar
behaviour. This was when his efforts in scouting national under 20 players
were rebuffed with BFA allegedly telling him to distinguish the line
between coaching the senior side and developing talent.

Butler is believed to have become frustrated taking a dig at Kgomela,
slamming him and accusing him of being a stumbling block to his efforts of
scouting youthful talent.

This time around, it is not clear who Butler, a coach known to speak his
mind was complaining about.

Butler who is fond of straight talk once sparked controversy when he took
to his twitter account and declared that Galenamotlhale of Centre Chiefs
 was not in his plans. He labeled him as “*not being good’’* despite the
player’s good showings and fans calling for his recall. This then prompted
Chiefs to recuse all their players from national duty demanding an apology.

PJ, as Butler is commonly known has been heavily criticized for fielding
young and inexperienced players, but the coach has had his success too. A
string of strong performances in home games at the Francistown stadium saw
giants like Mali and Burkina Faso humiliated by the Zebras.

To revive the hopes of the nation, the zebras head coach will look up to
 the experience and prowess of the sensational Mogakolodi “Tsotso’’Ngele of
Bidvest Wits (on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns) and the ever hardworking
midfield maestro Ofentse “Size 10’’Nato who are both expected to lead
the pack in the young, vibrant and attack minded team.

It however remains to be seen how the youthful side will fare against all
odds and rise above football politics. Only time will tell if the Zebras
qualify for Afcon, the second time since 2012 and book a spot in Cameroon
in 2019.

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