Sunday Sep 15, 2019. 12:00
New Botswana coach Adel Amrouche has wasted no time in laying down the law to errant players as the Zebras crashed out of World Cup qualification and now turn their focus to a bid to qualify for the next Africa Cup of Nations.
The new coach saw his side lose narrowly to Malawi over two legs in their World Cup qualifier last week and was not happy with the attitude of several players.
“It is better to lose games with disciplined players, than with those who do not care about the country,” he said after the 1-0 loss in Blantyre where Malawi converted a late penalty.
“I will travel around the country looking for players that will make it to the national team, no player is permanent in the national team”
“I’m not going to call players to camp because of their names, but I will pick all those who are dedicated and hungry to fight for the country,” he told reporters.
“The other thing among some of the players is abuse of alcohol in camp. If you wear the jersey of the country, you must be prepared to represent it with discipline.
“Representing the country is not a joke, but some players come to the national team as tourists,”
The two teams went into the second leg tie level on 0-0 aggregate after a goalless draw in Francistown, just days after Amrouche had taken over.
The Algerian-born Belgian coach was previously in charge of the national teams of Kenya and Libya. Botswana’s next competitive assignment is in November when they begin Cup of Nations qualifying away against neighbours Zimbabwe. They are in tough group that also includes holders Algeria and 2012 winners Zambia.