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Botswana Coach Hits Back At Broos

Botswana national team coach Mogomotsi Mpote has been left infuriated by the comments made by Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos who said he doesn’t want to play against nations like the Zebras before the Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Broos, when he was unveiled by SAFA in May 2021, made it clear that he was not interested in playing against nations such as Botswana and Lesotho because they will not give him the competitive edge he will be looking for.

He even sometime last year declined to play a friendly match against Lesotho, who were in the country to play Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers since they have home venues banned by CAF.    

However, this has not gone down well to Mpote, who is leading Botswana in the COSAFA Cup, where they beat Eswatini 1-0 in their opener on Wednesday.

“We are Botswana and Botswana are known to be peaceful people, whether he rubbishes us or does whatever, let him talk,” Mpote said.

“I think South Africa employed him to take this team to the World Cup, he failed, didn’t he? To qualify and win the AFCON, isn’t it?

“We will always respect South Africa as a country and Bafana Bafana as a national team. We will always respect that, [but] let’s see if he [Broos] will win the AFCON, if he will win the World Cup.

“Let’s wait and see. For us we don’t have a problem with talking like that to Batswana because Botswana and South Africans are sisters and brothers.”

Banyana’s World Cup squad also questioned playing against Botswana in the FIFA World Cup warm-up match last Sunday, as they felt they deserve better and were fighting also for bonus issues.

Instead, SAFA hastily-assembled a makeshift team made up of players from the SASOL and Hollywood Bets leagues to play the friendly and lost 5-0.

Botswana will meet Bafana’s makeshift squad in the second Group A match in the COSAFA Cup at King Zwelithini Stadium today (15:00), with Mpote coming up against a familiar face in Morena Ramorebodi.

The latter was appointed by SAFA since Helman Mkhalele, who is Broos’ assistant coach, doesn’t have the right coaching qualifications.

“He always talks to me,” said Mpote of Ramorebodi, who is in charge of Botswana champions Jwaneng Galaxy.

“If I find that there is one player I want from Morena and I want him to help him in some aspect, I just call and tell him. I wish him luck to meet me on Saturday, but I respect him as a coach.”

Mpote explained why Ramorebodi is excelling in Botswana, having also guided Galaxy to the CAF Champions League group stages last year for the first time in the club’s history.

“Morena is coaching a company team and resources are enough for him to work. He has a CAF A license, doesn’t he? He’s a good coach to help our football side and help the boys whom I will be using.”       

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN.