The Lobatse based premiership’s ‘old lady,’ Extension Gunners, will lose at least eight players in the current transfer period. Gunners’ camp which has been enduring hardships – with players yet to receive their salaries for the past three months (June included) – is preparing for next season amid uncertainty on a number of fronts.
Monageng “Mnike” Thaele, Kelame “Malangane” Tladinyane, Moemedi “Jomo” Moatlhaping, Mogomotsi “Jafta” Mokoka and Daniel Chimuku have not renewed their contracts because the Daniel Nare led technical team reached consensus that it is only wise to release the players.
“As you know there is division of labor and we don’t want to appear interfering in the technical affairs so they have reached consensus that we release the five players,” communications manager, Edwin Mapaba said.
Although the decision is said to have been reached after season performance evaluation, it should be admitted that both Moatlhaping and Tladinyane were pivotal in the Gunners meteoric start to last season.
With the legion of Gunners fans accepting the loss of their players, more are on their way out – Kekaetswe “Mara” Moloi, Topo Piet and Mosimanegape “Mzala” Ntwaetsile will start the 2016/17 season at new clubs according to informants. The trio is said to be irked by Mapantsola management style whereby up to this month, they last pressed ATM buttons in March. “Ntwaetsile asked to be released and we tried to convince him to stay, he is clear the contract has been breached, because he wants to be paid consistently,” Mabapa noted.
As for Moloi who still has a running contract with Gunners, Mabapa said as far as he knows he is still their player. Moloi is reportedly training with Township Rollers, while Piet has attracted interest from Gilport Lions while offers for Thamaga born Ntwaetsile are said to be pouring in.
The reason for failing to honour contractual agreement by not paying the players is multi faceted according to Mabapa.
“Firstly we rely on gate-takings and its now off season so we don’t have any other source, besides we thought the premiership grants would help us but still we are yet to receive them,” he said and added that, “All Kasi gave us some money unfortunately our account has been banished, so what we received was not enough but we did pay for the players’ accommodation and miscellaneous bills like water,” he said.
The wage bill for the club that has been courting a faceless investor since January is said to be around the region of P270 000.
While Mabapa couldn’t be drawn into discussing the possible replacements, three names have been presented before Weekendsport. Noah “Top-dog” Maposa, Katlego “Sissoko” Koobake and Ofentse “Motsiri” Mmipi are said to be Guna-guna’s initial target. Mmipi has been released by BDF XI, while Koobake and Maposa are said to be frustrated by lack of game time at their respective clubs.
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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.