Algerian Amrouche to coach struggling Botswana


Algerian Adel Amrouche was appointed coach of Botswana Tuesday on a three-year contract and tasked with lifting the fortunes of the African football minnows. Botswana took only one point from a possible 18 in the last Africa Cup of Nations qualifying competition, which led to coach David Bright being fired. Known as the Zebras, Botswana were ranked 42nd in Africa and 147th in the world in the latest FIFA listings.

Amrouche, 51, has little time to prepare for his first assignment — a two-leg 2022 World Cup qualifier against Malawi between September 2 and 10. In November, Botswana visit neighbours Zimbabwe and host defending champions Algeria in 2021 Cup of Nations qualifying matches. This will be the fifth national coach posting for Amrouche after Equatorial Guinea, Burundi, Kenya and Libya.

New Botswana coach Adel Amrouche out to change attitudes

New Botswana coach Adel Amrouche says that the attitude of the country’s footballers needs to change in order for them to improve.

Amrouche was also set his targets as he was unveiled as new Botswana coach on Tuesday on a three-year deal. The Botswana Football Association (BFA) said the coach must lead the Zebras to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals and win next year’s edition of the regional Cosafa Cup.

Adel Amrouche

“This is a challenge. I saw the (Zebras) team play many times. Botswana has talent, but there is naivety in the football,” Amrouche said.

“The play is good, but if you want to reach the highest level, we must change our attitude, how to think, and how to develop.

“I have done my research about Botswana football. I assure you, I will do the best I can to take the team higher.

“I did not look at the (Fifa) rankings or your budget, I saw only what you can do with the team. This is a challenge.”

A third target is to “do well” in the World Cup qualifiers, which will be his first assignment with home tie against Malawi on 7 September in the preliminary round. Amrouche, who has previously coached Burundi, Kenya and Libya national teams, replaces local coach David Bright, who was sacked in February.

Mogomotsi Mpote, who has been the caretaker coach, will assist the Algeria-born Amrouche.

BFA president, Maclean Letshwiti, said that he hopes the hiring of Amrouche will lead to more Botswana players securing moves to European leagues rather than the more traditional South African market.

The 51-year-old, who beat more than 40 applicants from across the globe to land the job, holds a Uefa Pro License and his most recent coaching role was with Algerian side Mouloudia Alger.


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