The soul of long suffering Gaborone United (GU) is at stake as two warring factions head into Special elective congress with a sole mandate of reconstruction than reconciliation.
While no camp is willing to take the blame over the damages the club has befallen over the years, this week, as the build up to the election gains momentum, the Elders committee that was controversially charged with the running of the club, say they should be absolved from all the troubles eating away the sculpt of the club. Repeatedly, as the Chairman of the Elders committee Oarabile Kelabeng was delivering their last speech to pensive media persons, they reminded anyone who cared to listen that all GU debts were accumulated before they came to office.
However, they needed all the credit for paying angry FIFA after threatening to relegate the club over compensation fees of former Ghanaian player, Bismark Appiah. The elders committee came in as a matter of urgency on the 16th of June this year after the team was declared to be in crisis. The screaming debt of USD39, 500 (P400 000) was cleared over the weekend, Kalabeng confirmed. “The Appiah case has been finalized and closed, it is history now,” he said.
Kalabeng further gave clarity on the issues of Appiah which they states that the case was first registered with the department of labour on the 25th January 2016. The district labour office wrote to inform GU office about the Appiah complaint and the mediation date was set for the 2nd of February 2016. That was two years before elders committee came to office.
The committee president said the referral form was served on GU. Curiously, the referral cited Nicholas Zachem as the respondent. As a matter of fact, Kalabeng said on the 2nd February GU officials including Zachem did not attend while Appiah came for the mediation.
It was why on 17th February 2016 Appiah was given a default award while GU was requested to pay the player.
It would appear that the Elders committee is not interested in discussing the relationship they have with the most sought after investor- Nikolas Zakhem. It has come to the fore that the two parties are not seeing eye to eye as GU desperately need a good Samaritan.
GU were last crowned premier league kings in the winter of 2009 and in between the years, they never won the title again.
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For the first time after eons, football clubs plying their trade in the elite league are walking in the shadow of the undefined with nothing concrete agreed and on sight before the commencement of the football season.