BFA Fires Pio Paul

| May 21, 2015

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) leadership has fired national Under 23 coach, Keitumetse ‘Pio’ Paul.

Paul, who also served as senior national team assistant coach, was reportedly fired after addressing a press conference earlier today (May 20). BFA fired Paul ahead of a crucial Under 23 Africa championship encounter against Zambia scheduled for Lobatse this Friday.

Even though he did not elaborate further, Paul confirmed his sacking in a brief interview. Paul allegedly rubbed the association the wrong way after complaining that most of his key players had been roped into the senior team that will participate in the COSAFA Cup.

He said his plans had been disrupted, adding that it would be cumbersome to come up with a new combination within two days. The outspoken Paul further said the new combinations might back fire and supporters would bay for his blood should he fail to bring in results.

However, Paul would no longer worry about the new combinations since he was relieved of his duties immediately after the press conference. He had already called several new players to the U-23 squad.

On other issues, Paul stated that he was not taken on board when the COSAFA team was selected. “In my role as the Zebras assistant coach, I was not part of the Zebras selection and I will not hide it, I was not happy at all” he said.

The Zebras play South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in the COSAFA tournament at Moruleng Stadium in North West, South Africa. Attempts to contact the BFA leadership proved futile at the time of going to press as they were locked in a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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