Botswana coaches association unhappy with Rollers coach – Botswana Premier League 2017/18

Township Rollers players celebrating a goal during the Mascom Top8 final at the Francistown stadium, Botswana on 23 April 2016. Monirul Bhuiyan/Backpagepix

Staff Reporter

Thursday Oct 26, 2017. 12:00

Botswana Football Coaches Association (BFCA) are unhappy with Township Rollers coach Nikola Kavazovic’s recent remarks following incidents that occured during their 2-0 win over Sharps Shooting Stars.

The Serbian tactician, who was appointed Rollers coach prior to the current campaign, accused Sharps of playing ‘kick boxing’ and breaking players legs after the Botswana Premier League match which was played at the UB Stadium on Sunday.

The BFCA have since released the following statement:

“This is the position of BFCA regarding incidents that happened at the UB Stadium on Sunday 22 October in a game between Sharps Shooting Stars and Township Rollers is as follows.

“The role of BCFA is to bring unity amongst coaches, to play attractive football that will bring supporters to the stadium. It is upon this objective that we condemn any statement that that is seen to bring the coaching profession into disrepute and make people to belittle the profession.

“If any statement has been uttered by any coach practicing in Botswana, it is a very unfortunate statement which can tarnish the image of the coaching profession and is against the aim of the BCFA that reads,” to draw up development programmes for coaches according to the conditions and characteristics of our game of football by setting regulations and Improve compliance and working relations between the club and coaches.

“However we are carrying our own investigations which will determine the next step the BFCA will take. We will do everything to protect the game and ensure that everyone who goes to the stadium enjoys the beautiful game.”

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Toure praises Man City coaches Arteta and Guardiola – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Yaya Toure, Manchester City

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Aug 08, 2017. 12:00

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure believes that they can win major trophies with the club’s head coach Pep Guardiola’s philosophy.

Guardiola, who enjoyed a lot of success with Spanish giants FC Barcelona and German outfit Bayern Munich, failed to win a major trophy in his first season with City.

Toure has stated that the current philosophy is similar to his time at Barca under the accomplished Spanish tactician.

“The mentality of the manager is playing good and winning — not just winning. We want the fans to enjoy it and we try to do our best. If we have to score more then we will score more,” Toure said on Kwesse Sports.

“At Barcelona I was used to playing like that. I’m a type of player with a lot of experience. I think I’m lucky because I used to play under Pep at Barcelona and I know what he wants.

“He was a brilliant midfielder and [City coach] Mikel Arteta as well, and those two have helped me a lot and given me a lot of confidence. I’m just there to enjoy it and win trophies and that is what I want,” he added.

The Citizens have been impressive during their pre-season matches and Toure is particularly pleased with their 3-0 victory over fellow English side West Ham United last week Friday.

“It’s good for the confidence, it’s good for the next game. The game we had against West Ham is the typical type of game we’re going to have usually in the Premier League and maybe in Europe,” he continued.

“I think we find a difficult opponent who close the line, they don’t attack, they don’t open and I think it was good training for that because the games we produced against Madrid and Tottenham were quite open.

“For us it was good to have good pressing and we found it a bit difficult because it was a long ball and the second ball was very important but I thought we had a good game,” Toure stressed.

“In the first half when we get the chance to score the goal I said I think they’re going to be open. But I think West Ham after the first goal, they stayed with the same system and it was difficult,” he explained.

“But I think it’s good we can learn and try to adapt to the way the opponent is playing and make the break.”

The 34-year-old and his City team-mates will take on Brighton and Hove Albion in their first 2017/18 English Premier League match on Saturday.

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Stuart Baxter eyeing Bafana legends as assistant coaches

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Jun 17, 2017. 10:00

Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter says he would like to rope in former national team players to join his technical team as assistant coaches.

Local reports indicate that the coach has dropped a hint regarding those who will help him in the national side.

Names such as ex-striker Shaun Bartlett and midfielder Quinton Fortune have been mentioned as examples.

Although U20 and U17 coaches, Thabo Senong and Molefi Ntseki helped Baxter as he faced Nigeria and Zambia in the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier and in a friendly, he is likely to rope in one former Bafana player to join Senong.

“The technical team that we’ve had with us now (for Nigeria and Zambia) has been great. We just need to make sure that it can be permanent and that is fits in with what else we’re doing,” said Baxter.

“I still think there is room for an ex-player who’s embarked on his career as a coach – like a Shaun Bartlett‚ like Benni McCarthy‚ like a Quinton Fortune‚ Aaron Mokoena.

“Get those people involved at some level within the technical team. I’m not saying that they’ve all got to be assistants but get them involved.”

Bartlett is not new to coaching as he led Golden Arrows to promotion from the National First Division to the Premier Soccer League in the 2014/15 season and served as Owen Da Gama’s U23 assistant during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

On the other hand, Fortune has also been working on the touchline after completing his coaching badges as well as assisting former Manchester United teammate, Ole Gunnar-Solskjaer with Cardiff City’s U-21s.

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