Krmpotić applies for BFA top post

Sports Reporter

  • In an unexpected turn of events, the newly-appointed head coach of Jwaneng Galaxy, Zlatko Krmpotić, has thrown his name in the hat for the post of technical The vacancy has reportedly attracted a medly of international candidates

director of Botswana Football Association (BFA).

The post is currently held by veteran footballer Matshediso ‘Sexton’ Kowa whose one-year contract will elapse in June.  In compliance with labour laws, the BFA has called on interested candidates to apply.

The Serbian mentor whose application is causing a stir in Botswana’s soccer circles has so far directed five games from the dugout.

According to sources, Krmpotić’s is in a mixed bag of applicants alongside two others from Europe, one from Central Africa and many from Batswana. Zimbabwean coach Roy Barreto, who once had a stint with Gaborone United before relocating to the South African league, is one notable name that is eyeing the vacancy whose deadline fell on Friday last week.

According to the BFA, the position requires a minimum of CAF A License-Holder and a Diploma in Secondary Education. The candidates should further have attained the highest degree of coaching available in Botswana, its international equivalent or a higher international diploma/license.

Candidates must be from a football background, ideally a former player, though not (necessarily) at international level and must be recognised by CAF and/or FIFA.

In addition, the ideal applicant should be above the age of 40 and have a minimum of five years’ experience as professional player. The applicant should have been the head coach of a premier league team, the head coach of national youth teams, or the head coach or assistant coach of a senior national team. They should have been a technical director, a CAF instructor and a FIFA instructor.

Krmpotić is a Serbian football manager and a former defender. He won the CAF champions league with TP Mazembe in 2015 before managing Zambian Premier League club ZESCO United F.C. At the national level, he has played eight matches for Yugoslavia’s national team and was a participant at the 1982 FIFA World Cup. For a while, he was the head coach of Serbia’s national Under-19 football team. He currently works in the Red Star Belgrade youth system.

While selecting another technical director is seen as a move bearing different results, the BFA is said to have admitted that circumstances beyond its control have led it to entertain second thoughts. BFA sources say they need an individual who will not be polluted by its internal politics but one who can work hand-in-hand with incumbent Zebras head coach Major David Bright to turn around the game.

Some sources say Kowa should not dread for his own future as the BFA may be closing all loopholes concerning procedures of recruiting staff. Reached for comment, Kowa said as far as he was concerned, he was still an employee of the BFA and that nobody had told him otherwise. “I am still contacted by the association,” he said. “This is as far as I can share.”

BFA spokesperson Tumo Mpatane declined commenting on the matter.