Things are getting nastier by the minute at the trouble torn Maun based premiership outfit, Sankoyo Bush Bucks as misfortunes engulf the team as early as the first month of the New Year.
The unfolding events have left the North West community with a blurred picture of the future of the team after impressive exploits last season.
Information reaching this publication reveals that the team has been embroiled in financial doldrums as its debts are piling up by the day. This has forced the leadership to enter into a gentlemen’s agreement with some including one senior figure in the team who lent them P 28 000.
While the team seemed to be finding it tough to pay its debts, some waited for an opportune time to hurt the team most. Sources from Maun told this paper that immediately after the Sankoyo home game against Gaborone United, where the gate takings amounted to about P32 000, one of the officials took the whole amount to settle his dues.
The matter reached the Police after the Chairman William Dikgosane reported it arguing that due procedures were not followed when some officials decided to pay themselves. However his plea proved futile as some of the officials told the police that the extra P4000 was interest. After this humiliation by his subordinates the Chairman penned a resignation letter to the committee.
While the Chairman maintains that he was not forced out of the committee, some are unmoved that the case he lost before the police was the last straw to break the camel’s neck. It is said that the Chair states that the reason why he left the team is his failure to acquire sponsorship as per his mandate.
“The chair was of the view that the little money raised be divided and various benefactors get something including the players who were forced to hustle for themselves to go back to the home villages. In his letter, Dikgosane (Chairman) is simply being diplomatic,” a source told Weekendsport.
The headless committee will hopefully be given life today (Saturday) as the team is expected to assemble for the Executive Committee elections. Accusations have been levelled against some top team officials as they are said to be ready to topple the current regime and they are frustrating everyone. “They have accomplished one of their missions by forcing the Chair to resign.” At a time of going to press names of contestants were yet to be known.
With the players frustrated as some of them had to make their way to the villages, it is said some players were yet to report for training by Tuesday, something which brought much uncertainty.
Some of their key players are already court by some teams, Jackson “Jackie” Lesole is said to be close to conclude a deal with Gaborone United. Morris “Mbira” Ruzivo and Thero Setsile are reported to be wanted by their former coach Philani Mabhena at Jwaneng Galaxy. The prolific striker Gosaitse “Lewandoski” Manuel is highly linked with tittle contenders Orapa United, the ostriches have been salivating for the player and even paying for his medical bills when he was injured. The team is currently lying on position 12 with 18 points from 16 outings.
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