On behalf of all those who associate themselves with the sky blue of the mighty Zebras, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our national team coach Mr Peter Butler on his first win as the national team coach. This will go a long way in imparting an element of self belief in our players and making our national football team fashionable as it was during the Veselin era.
However, as much as this win is to be celebrated, we need not get ahead of ourselves because we played a very weak team. Again our newly assembled team is still learning the ropes of the international football scene and this was evidenced by a series of elementary mistakes our players made during the game against South Sudan. There were some spells in the game where we experienced many stray passes, poor first touch, lack of anticipation and poor off the ball movements. We could not take advantage of the numerous goal scoring chances we created and this could prove costly against a more organised outfit. I think going forward we need offensive players who can add brains to our attack because currently our striking force is so blunt.
I would like to appeal to all Batswana to give our coach the necessary support and refrain from being influenced otherwise by some vindictive elements of the press. Mr Butler, as Zebras supporters we will not make unrealistic demands because we all know that we do not have the best of squads, so do not put yourself under unnecessary pressure by trying to play offensive play just to please us. Gauge first the strength of the opposition before deciding on the tactical approach to employ, otherwise you will very soon be seen with bags at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport heading back to the UK.
Sir, I think you also need to look smart in our dugout by wearing a suit so that you do not look like someone coaching a fourth division team in Sikwane, or some even confusing you for a missionary who is just volunteering his services without pay. The call is also made to Botswana Football Association to always look for stronger opposition because it does not make sense to win a friendly game against South Sudan, only to fail to qualify for mere CHAN.
Tebogo Eric Khudu