Pio Paul is not happy with ‘shabby treatment’

…as Notwane edge closer to league promotion

Tlotlo Kebinakgabo

The Technical Director of Notwane Football Club, Keitumetse Pio Paul, says he is not happy with the “disgraceful treatment” he has suffered from some people in football circles despite his immense contribution to the local sport.

The outspoken coach was speaking following his side’s rampant 3-1 victory over Prisons XI this past weekend.

This is the man who has won the Coca Cola Cup with BMC FC (now known as Gilport Lions), aided Happy Hearts gain promotion from second to first division, elevated Sharps Shooting Stars to the Premier League after 35 years and is now on the verge of helping Notwane gain promotion to the elite league.

“When I speak of football, I know what I’m talking about because I have Masters degree in sports development and coaching from University of Cardiff in Wales, which is a number one school of sports,” said Paul. “The problem is that there is too much jealousy and politics in our football

“I am at often criticized for saying things as they are, but right now I feel it’s high time we started we adopting modern ways of playing football as the sport is evolving around the world. You can see that coaching around the world is done by younger people who can research. We must accept these changes and desist from politics and jealousy for the betterment of our football.”

Despite being on the verge of aiding Notwane gain promotion, Paul noted that he could leave the club at the end of the season because he has concrete offers from about three local BTC premiership league teams. “But I will give Notwane more priority if they give me an offer as a technical director. I might also go to Germany because I want to complete my PhD in coaching. I have done everything in Botswana.”

Notwane’s weekend defeat of Prisons XI sealed their position at the top of the Debswana First Division South table with 41 points out of 19 games. Second in the table is Prisons XI with 37 points. The First Division South is left with only three games before the curtain falls on it.

“This win doesn’t guarantee us automatic promotion,” he cautioned. “We have to be cautious when approaching the games that remain. We still need three more points to say we are good because we can still lose the remaining games and it will be all over.”

Notwane’s goals in the game against Prisons came courtesy of Amos Godirwang, Michael Pepukani (penalty) and Ronald Selemane whereas Prisons XI’s sole goal was scored by Kelello Kgosimore.

Other Debswana First Division South results:

Broadhurst United 1-0 Black Rangers
Letlapeng 4-0 Modipane United
Red Sparks 1-1 Matebejane
Mochudi Rovers 2-1 Mogoditshane Fighters
Lesirane 1-1 Black Peril