Colwyn Rowe has been sacked as coach of the Botswana national football team after a string of poor results left the Englishman's bosses fearing for his personal safety at the hands of fans.

Phillip Makgalemele, president of the Botswana Football Association (BFA), said Rowe was dismissed with immediate effect for "his personal security given developments at some matches, the Madagascar game being being the latest".

Rowe faced angry protests from supporters of the Zebras after they were held to a goalless draw in a home qualifying tie for the 2010 CAF Africa Cup of Nations and FIFA World Cup™ at the weekend by Madagascar, a team ranked 146 in the world.

News of Rowe's dismissal comes as Botswana, which has never qualified for the finals of either tournament, prepared to travel to Maputo for another qualifier against Mozambique.

He had been under pressure after a recent 3-0 defeat to Zambia and reverses against second string sides from South Africa and Zimbabwe at home in Gaborone.

Botswana also lost 1-0 to a Brazilian XI in a friendly to mark the inauguration of the country's new president, Ian Khama, in April.

Rowe, who played as a right-winger for lowly Colchester United in England in the 1970s, joined Botswana in 2006 from Jordan, where he had been technical director.

Stanley Tshosane has been named as his replacement.