The Chairperson for Selebi Phikwe Regional Football Association, Barulaganye Moloi says Nico United Football Club still has a bright future despite having relegated to First Division during the 2016/17 season. The team failed to gain promotion back into the BTC premiership as they finished 6th last season but Moloi is convinced that United is not yet into terminal decline.
Addressing Nico United’s Annual General Meeting last weekend, the Regional Football Administrator called on the team’s supporters to rally behind management to help the team ascend back to the top where it belongs. He said that football administration is not a simple task, but a difficult one that needs tenacity and passion for the sport if one is to excel in it. “It is humbling to see that we still have dedicated people who are interested in helping run the club at this point where the team is faced with many challenges. Let us create an environment that will enable people to be interested in helping us,” he said.
He urged management to forge ahead and vigorously seek financial support from individuals to businesses. Until 2016, Majombolo, as the team is affectionately known, had stable financial backing from BCL Mine but when operations were stopped, the team faced its worst financial crisis which led to 13 players leaving the club for greener pastures. The crisis saw Nico United suffering their first relegation in 12 years, tumbling out of the BTC Premiership after finishing second from the bottom.
Moloi says that with enough support from both the fans and financiers, United can emerge stronger than before. He says Nico United’s survival is critical for Selebi Phikwe and the region as it the team which could give the younger players an opportunity for growth and to experience football at a premiership stage.
He further urged the club to form partnerships with local teams in the lower division where the lower division teams develop players to feed into Nico squad. He emphasised that clubs should be interested in grooming players for upper levels of football and therefore a partnership arrangement of this nature can be beneficial to both contracting partners. Moloi stressed the importance of development, noting that “when you teach kids your culture as a team at an early stage, they grow up loving the team wholeheartedly.”
Nico United Chairman, Ace Masoja also reiterated that a successful Nico United is important in the development of players in Selebi Phikwe. He pointed out that the management committee that he leads is committed to help the club achieve promotion back to the championship. He said if this fails, what will be important is to preserve First Division status and avoid at all cost to relegate further to third tier football.
He reported that the technical bench will still be manned by Peter Muchina as Head Coach assisted by Sunday Kelebale as the team believes that the duo will be able to guide Majombolo to the league’s safety or even gain promotion. “There are those who watch and celebrate when we are perceived to have made mistakes and there are those who travel with us, endure the hardship and celebrate the achievements, and not our shortcomings,” said Masoja, appealing for unity and trust amongst the members of Nico United.
“With everyone’s help, we can unify this team to win and build Selebi Phikwe where we will rise together, a club where we lift each other up instead of tearing each other down. We believe that if we work together, work hard enough and believe in ourselves, the whole Nico United family will be inspired to rise and be happy again,” he said.
Another optimist who believes Nico can bounce back forcefully provided it secures sustainable financial support, is the club’s former chairperson, Mothusi Taolo who pledged his full support to the current management team. Taolo highlighted the importance of supporting management as opposed to unwarranted criticism which does not build the club. He noted that a number of management teams from various clubs endured unbearable and unconstructive criticism being accused of failing the team but the same teams continued to experience difficulties even with the change of guard.
After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.
According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .
BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.
The alleged breaches include ,ย breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.
The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018
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