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Gunners’ ownership war looms

Attempts to privatize Lobatse based outfit, Extension Gunners may be aborted, as internal fighting have taken centre stage at the side, just a few steps to go before an investor signs the deal.

WeekendSport has been informed that an ongoing intense battle at the Peleng side might lead to the collapse of talks with an investor unless the opposing sides find common ground.

Sources close to developments told this publication that some past members of the committee are deliberately sabotaging the procedure of enticing an investor whose profile is known to this publication. Kitso Dlamini and Rashid Chopdat have been namedropped as the culprits striving to bring down the current chairman‘s attempts to privatize the side.

Phenyo Gothaang – club chairman however believes he is on the right track and alleged attempts by those dubbed ‘enemies of progress’ will not deter him from attaining his vision of the club.

“ I have a vision for this club and I expect people to work with me for the betterment of the club, I do not know why there was no handing over when we came in,’’ he said.

It is alleged that Dlamini-the previous chairman and one mentor of the team, Chopdat have secretly approached both a president and consultant of the project to convince them to ditch efforts of talks. Information surfacing from the Gunners circles indicates that a consultant has already stepped down citing health issues as his concerns.

When reached for clarity, Chopdat however said he was annoyed that his name popped up in petty issues. “I hate it when I hear that my name is tossed in political issues of the club, if an investor is found why should I be a hindrance?’’ He rhetorically asked.

According to him, he is flexible that an investor is roped in as long as the procedure is not flaunted. He remembers asking questions at the extra- ordinary meeting whether the team has been valued and what warrants them to give the investor so many shares.

Rashid believes that he would not sabotage Gunners’ procedures more so that, he too, is proposing a sponsorship from Choppies retailer group in the interest of the team.

Gunners chairman on the other hand remains optimistic. He told this publication that he has called an extra ordinary meeting to create an atmosphere of understanding between the past committee and the current one. However, arguments by Dlamini on the other hand that they had already crafted a model of privatization are driving the club on the back-foot.  It is reported that Dlamini’s committee had already registered a company by the name Gunners Holdings to source investors on behalf of the club.

Meanwhile, Dlamini’s involvement in the matter allegedly ruffles a few feathers owing to his resignation from the club late last year. Since he had left the club, many are now questioning his return, especially at a time the club was making headway in sourcing for an investor. Nevertheless, according to Gothaang, “it is expected in every team when good things are on the offing.’’

Efforts to reach Dlamini proved futile as his phone rang without being answered for extended periods.

The chairman believes in an all new Gunners. He bleeds for a change in a team capable of attracting many sponsors. The club, prior to his ascendency had opened two bank accounts, one in Gaborone at Bank Gaborone, the other one in Lobatse, with First National Bank (FNB). It is said the Bank Gaborone account had to be closed after it was discovered that the previous Public Relations officer of the team was a signatory. An instruction from the team‘s society management would later aggravate dented relations when premier league offices were told to start depositing the team’s grants to one Tapela Boti. It is said Boti has been a ‘good Samaritan’ of the club from time immemorial. The man had diverted his income to the club mainly to help in payments of the players.

Notwithstanding that, the team has reportedly garnered only P56 000 from the Satmos game while P83 000 was made. All were from gate takings.

It is reported that the touted investor has been offered 80% shares.

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