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Somerset spells out demands

Wants Shah to account for Rollers finances

The gloves are now coming off in the stand-off between Township Rollers’ big shots, Somerset Gobuiwang and Jagdish Shah, as the former now wants Shah to account for the finances of the team from the time he started running the team all by himself.  

WeekendSport has learnt that the embattled Gobuiwang, through his lawyers slapped Shah with a letter of demand on Wednesday afternoon in which he wants his now business enemy to account for all the finances of the club.

In a short interview, Shah confirmed that he received the letter of demand from Gobuiwang‘s lawyers and is internalising the matter before consulting his own lawyers as well.

“Yes, I have received the letter, but there is nothing much I can say because I have to engage my lawyers to map the way forward,” Shah said on Thursday morning.

According to informed sources, Gobuiwang has given his business partner, who is also deputy treasurer of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) a period of seven days to have responded before the matter is taken to the courts of law.

It is however believed that Gobuiwang’s letter is vague and does not clearly stipulate what he wants from his now enemy. Numerous efforts to contact Gobuiwang hit a snag as his phone number was not going through at press time.

Meanwhile, there are corridor talks to the effect that Gobuiwang does not mind been bought out of Rollers as long as the process is completed in a fair manner. Some reports however allege the contrary.  Furthermore, it is alleged that Gobuiwang has already identified a potential financer, no wonder he is not dancing to Shah’s tune the same way other committee members are.

Currently, the club affairs are believed to be administered in a ‘parallel government’ manner.  This is so because there are two chairpersons running the society for the first time since its existence.

Reconciliation efforts between the two major shareholders have so far failed, and neither of them is budging as it is. Initially, a conciliatory meeting between them failed to materialise when both of them could not accede to a plea from the football Association president, Tebogo Sebego. Another attempt collapsed when FIFA development officer Ashford Mamelodi tried to wheedle a working formula between them.  

The letter to Shah is said reminds him (Shah) of a water tight agreement he initially had with Gobuiwang. In the letter, Gobuiwang goes on to accuse Shah of having forgotten altogether about the agreement. Those in the know say the issues between the two men barely scratch the surface of a deep lying agreement.

It is however ironic that the Rollers board room issues are not adversely affecting the club’s on field performance. To date, the Mark Harrison led team is perched at the summit of the beMOBILE premiership without a registering a defeat.

From the 12 games played so far, the team has collected 30 points. Their goal scoring prowess has improved. They have scored 29 times and are the only team to have conceded few goals (7).

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