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Harrison is arrogant, snipes Jalal

Township Rollers Coach, Mark Harrison

Mochudi Centre Chiefs caretaker coach Zaahid Jalal launched a scathing attack on his opposite number at Township Rollers Mark Harrison branding him “badly arrogant” and “a bit of a bully” following a touchline spat during their last Saturday’s aborted match.

Both clubs traveled to Francistown for what was meant to be a 2015/16 be-MOBILE Premiership decider. Magosi, as Chiefs are affectionately known in football circles brought only seven players to the match while their opponents had a full squad.

The two local football were ordered to play a play-off to order to decide the league champions after the controversy that surrounded the league. Chiefs had to play Rollers after it won the league on soft points.

This is after the Kgatleng were awarded soft points when Rollers were found guilty of using a defaulter in Ofentse Nato. It was argued and agreed that Rollers utilized Nato, who was on loan from Atletico Kolkata of India, illegally.

Such a scenario should have resulted in both sides frustrated. And during the league decider at the Francistown Sports Complex last Saturday, frustrations reached a boiling point resulting in the two coaches being involved in a touchline spat.

Harrison, who looked disappointed upon realizing that indeed Chiefs had honored the game with only seven players, lost his marbles when Jalal’s charges had to limp off the pitch and regularly sit down after every collision.

At one point, the Chiefs makeshift goalkeeper Edwin Mokibe rolled on the ground after stopping a not so strong shot from Terrence Mandaza. This infuriated Harrison, who jumped off his seat and pointed an accusing finger at Jalal.

In return, Jalal pointed an accusing finger at Harrison. The two gaffers nearly turned the touchline into a boxing ring and the fourth official had to intervene to stop the duo from physically confronting each other.

“This Rollers’ coach is badly arrogant. He used an f-word on me. So, he is an arrogant man. Why should he insult me when I was sitting my bench?” rhetorically asked Jalal in a post-match interview with the WeekendPost Sport.

Jalal concluded that the Rollers’ coach behaved in such an “arrogant manner” because he is obviously “frustrated and desperate.” He said the Rollers’ coach is frustrated because he is yet to win a silverware since coming to Botswana.

“These people (foreign coaches) come (to Botswana) from where ever they come. They come into Botswana and think we are a bunch of lunatics who do not understand football. We understand football. He may have an A-license but what are his achievements. Be with us and work with us. Why insult us?” he said.

Harrison could not be drawn into discussing the touchline spat he was involved in with his Chiefs’ counterpart. However, he was quick to admit that he was disappointed with his opponents.

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