Butler could be appointed BFA technical director

Butler could be appointed BFA technical director
Peter James Butler

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Oct 16, 2017. 12:00

British tactician Peter Butler could be appointed Botswana Football Association (BFA) technical director.

Peter, who served as Botswana senior national team head coach between February 2014 and June, 2017, is currently jobless.

After leaving his job as Zebras mentor, he joined South African club Platinum Stars as head coach, but he was fired by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) side last month.

He has since been linked with a possible return to the BFA and the president of the organisation, Maclean Letshwiti did not rule out Butler’s return when speaking to the local media.

“Peter Butler was sick of BFA politics which was stifling his progress. He wanted my help, but I could not give a guarantee that I will fire everyone at BFA," he said.

"He didn’t leave because I wanted him to leave, he left because he couldn’t stomach the BFA politics anymore.

"I am busy doing a situational analysis. I have to identify a technical director, and Peter Butler might come back if he meets the scope," he explained.

“I am not going to elect a TD, but make a selection of three people then get the FIFA technical department to come and evaluate a suitable TD."

Butler also confirmed that he was interested in the position when speaking to Mmegi Sports.

“I would be interested as I know the country’s talent well. My record is there, I rebuilt the Zebras with young talent and took them to number 87 in the world rankings until we stopped playing games. I develop and produce players. You don’t go anywhere until you create your own DNA (identity)," he said.

"You need to continue on the path of integrating youngsters with a sprinkling of experience. I have shown that we can beat teams like Mali and Burkina Faso with young and upcoming players."

Butler guided Botswana to the 2016 COSAFA Cup final where they narrowly lost to South Africa in Windhoek, Namibia.

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