With power wars and court cases still hanging over the horizon, Gaborone United still has another mountain to climb. Some in the team are reportedly decrying constitutional breach as the new management is said to have prioritised other business at the detriment of the team constitution.
As per the constitution, the team is expected to assemble for an annual meeting on the second week of every July. However the current administration has yet to call the assembly. This has caused an air of despondency within the team members who suspect unorthodox tactics are being orchestrated to hoodwink them at the gathering.
“We haven’t met for our OGM but it is within our plans. We will update the members as to what could have delayed the gathering more so there has been noise lately within our team,” team Secretary General City Senne said. Though he couldn’t articulately reveal the date for the meeting, it appears they will assemble next weekend. “What I can say is we will meet before the kick start of the season,” he laughed off saying he wouldn’t say the date. The BTC premiership which was initially billed for next weekend has been postponed to the 26th according to sources.
Supporters are keen to know what transpired this past season especially with the partnerships signed last year. Further they are keen on understanding the plan for the upcoming season and an update on club licensing. “We need to know what is happening especially with the deals we signed with corporates. How much we spent and how much was the revenue and the general status of our team, a lot is happening,” a highly ranked supporter said. “We are still cooking and we will bring something new to the members, unfortunately I won’t share you until we present to the supporters,” Senne said.
Various clubs including GU’s archenemies Township Rollers and Mochudi Centre Chiefs have already carried out the same and are ready for the whistle to blow. So far GU has been the busiest team in the transfer window acquiring big name players to bolster their side. Dirang Moloi, Thatayaone Kgamanyane are some of the notables set to change the shape of the team. GU dominated a lot of games last season but either won them narrowly or was held to a draw when they had created enough scoring opportunities to win. They finished fifth on the log with 46 points, scoring 36 goals.
The club is expected to return to court in November to further argue the power struggle case which appears to be far from over. The complainants are represented by Uyapo Ndadi while the respondents – including club chairman, Okaile Rapula are relying on the brains of Lore Morapedi. The contention of the ‘disgruntled supporters’ is that the body which did not form a quorum at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) cannot administer the daily affairs of the club. Moreover, it is the view of Ndadi’s group that the constitution was not followed when the AGM was organized and held.
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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.