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Orapa United rejects ‘Big Lesh’

Publishing Date : 21 January, 2019


Orapa United is likely to face far- reaching consequences of a decision taken to terminate Lesego Galenamotlhale’s contract on account that his injury deemed him surplus to requirement. Before succumbing to a long term injury during the off season, Galenamotlhale signed a two year deal to help fire an upturn at the mining giants.

But sometimes around the second week of December last year, United’s executive committee took a rather baffling decision to trigger his premature tenure.  It is said that some committee members say the future of the midfield maestro was dulled by injuries and a confidence that refused to boom. He joined the emerging Orapa giants a season ago after former club Mochudi Centre Chiefs could not meet his salary demands.

Galenamotlhale’s contract was to expire in June 2020. During the termination phase, The Ostriches committed to pay the players’ full salary as well as medical bills until he returns to full fitness. However, Footballers ‘Union Botswana (FUB), an organ that advocates for the rights of players feels the club did not follow legal procedures when terminating Galenamotlhale’s deal.

“It is true we are representing the player and our understanding is that a contract between a professional player and a club may only be terminated on expiry of the term of the contract or by mutual agreement. Other exceptions to termination without consequences of any kind are ‘just cause’ and ‘sporting just cause,” FUB Secretary General Kgosana Masaseng said. He continued, “As far as we are concerned, the route taken by Orapa did not satisfy FIFA statutes, it is thus our position that the purported termination without due compensation is unlawful.”

United  has reshuffled their midfield options over a period of time, signing players like Mabaya and Onkemetse Powe to help the industrial Tendai Nyumasi and the more reliable Tapiwa Nyamandjiva  going forward.  United management complained at times last season at the lack of productivity from their midfielders and they hoped that the signing of former Zebras and Center Chiefs captain could bring a new dimension.

The Ostriches have always sought to have leaders in their squad, players who have won big games and could bolster the collective belief. Their signing of “Big Lesh” last season was rooted, in part, by what he could bring away from the field. Galenamotlhale was among the top earners at Orapa United and should the club lose the looming contractual battle, they will pay a leg and an arm.



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