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New coach promises attacking Zebras

The new national football team coach, Peter Butler, has promised that the team will play an attacking brand of football under his tenure.

“I want to try to win every single game that I play,” the former West Ham United midfielder told journalists today, February 12. “I don’t believe in parking the bus. I believe in attacking football and I want my players to play with imagination and vision," he said.

The 47-year-old Englishman was unveiled as the Zebras coach at Lekidi Football Centre today as replacement for Stanley Tshosane who was sacked four months ago.

Botswana Football Association (BFA) handed Butler a three-year contract and he was immediately mandated with bringing positive results during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers. Under Tshosane’s reign, the Zebras usually employed a defensive approach and often caught teams on the counter-attack as they qualified for the 2012 AFCON finals.

But Butler, who holds a UEFA Pro License, and has coached in the English Football League, as well as in several Asian countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia as well as Australia, said he wanted his players to express themselves more on the field.

He said, “I am not kidding myself, but I am here to get results. I am not here as a tourist. I am here for a challenge and I believe strongly in developing new players. The short term goal will be to hit the ground running. I will create a balanced squad, you can’t have a squad full of kids or a squad full of old players, you have to create a balance.”

Butler said he would work closely with coaches of the junior national teams to ensure that the progress of young players could be accelerated. He also said his long-term goal was to ensure that all the national teams would be competitive at all levels and not just make numbers in international competitions.

BFA president, Tebogo Sebego, said the coach was also tasked with guiding the Zebras to at least the quarterfinals of the COSAFA senior championships this year as well as qualifying Botswana to the finals of the next Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) tournament.

One of the new coach’s tasks will be to draw an annual training programme for national teams and improve the working relations between coaches of the national teams. Butler would be coaching at senior national team level for the first time.

However, Sebego said the BFA was confident that it made the right choice. He said in appointing Butler, the BFA was looking for an individual with the highest qualifications, who also had an experience in youth development. He said the BFA wanted to see more talented young players selected for the senior national team. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Jeremiah Sejabosigo

Location : GABORONE

Event : Unveiling of Zebras coach

Date : Feb 12 Wed,2014


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