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Posted: 26 March 2008 Time: 06:14

Botswana national team defender, Mogogi Gabonamong, says Botswana should be celebrating coach David Bright’s achievements in South Africa.

Gabonamong plies his trade at Cape Town-based Santos where Bright is coach. Bright was Botswana under-23 coach before he took the Santos job in February with the team lying third from the bottom on the 16-team log.

When he lost his first game 4-1 to Free State Stars skeptics wrote him off but the wily former Botswana Defence Force major went eight games without a loss, winning seven and drawing one, this includes a Nedbank Cup win. The good run of form took Santos to third on the log, six points behind log leaders Ajax Cape town.

Santos’ rich vein of form under Bright saw them beat two of the ‘Big Four’ in South African football - Moroka Swallows and Orlando Pirates, 4-1 and 2-1, respectively.

He also guided his young charges to a goalless draw against defending champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, on their own turf.

The good run continued just over a week ago as Bright did the double over Pirates beating them 5-4 on penalties and knocking them out of the lucrative Nedbank Cup.

Speaking to Botswana’s Voice Sport this week, Gabonamong said: “What Bright is doing is good. It’s good not only for Bright but for Botswana football as well. Santos is a team with no big name players and for him to achieve what he has achieved shows he is a good coach.

“As for me, I have never doubted his ability. I played under him at Mogoditshane Fighters and for the Zebras and know what I am talking about.”

Quizzed on what Bright has brought to the team, Gabonamong, who was at Santos before the arrival of the former army man said: “He has brought coordination to the team. He also understands young players and knows how to get the best out of them.”

Gabonamong is, however, worried that talented coaches will be lost to the country unless Botswana football turns professional soon.

“What coach Bright is doing will make the world realise there is talent in Botswana but unless the set up improves such exploits will be useless to the development of football in Botswana.

“Football in Botswana needs to turn professional and retain coaches like Bright to help develop the sport, especially young talent. Only then can we compete with countries like South Africa.”

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 07:40 am
Yes you guys make us proud. Soon I will be the coach for Mamelodi Sundowns and I will win the league back to back. I will overhaul the whole team and bring in young, hungry players. After the achievements I will go on to teach the Europians how to play footbal.
posted: 07:47 am
i dont know what success is these guys talking about this guy has not even won nothing but we are talking about success.let him prove himself first and finish the whole season with the team and then we can judge from there.
posted: 08:43 am
Mapelo you are a real palooka.Bright took the team sitting at the bottom of the log,and now he is challenging for league title.It takes a stupid sumbody like you to question his success.He has already proved his worth so stop being jealous of this man."this guy has not even won nothing" as u put it.
posted: 11:19 am
There is a saying in my own native language which says 'leina lebe seromo'So the future is Bright, the future is Santos...Ask the Dream Team for more Info. cheers!
posted: 11:36 am
Major David Bright is the lowest payed coach in the PSL he is payed R30 000.00 pm. Pirates will regret turning him down.Major David Bright is going to make history by winning the league for Santos, i am putting my head on the block(watch this space)!!!!
posted: 02:35 pm
Bright and Santos will definitley win the league---its clear as daylight
posted: 04:27 pm
Major Bright Has No Miracle.... He's Just At The Right Place At The Right Time.... Erwin Isaacs Is King, With Support From Eliazor Rodgers....

Great Job by Santos' Defence and Goalkeeper Otherwise This Bright Is Just Like Any Coach....

Take Erwin Isaacs Out Of Santos and See If Bright Will Shine Again...
posted: 10:35 am
sipho you are talking rubbish. major bright wont make any histrory. santos has won the league before. he will be fired by next season anyway. he will start runnig out of ideas soon and they will do what they did to boebie solomons and fire him.
posted: 08:44 am
i think some of us are being unreasonable,hw can a coach succeed without using some good players lyk irwin? Bright is hailed for getting the best out of the players some coaches failed to utilize. Ur irwin can go to Jozi where there is money(the same money that will buy his replacement once he loses form)
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