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Tired Rollers amidst investor wars


Township Rollers cited weariness as a mitigating circumstance in explaining their recent defeat, but it is the team's domestic campaign that is starting to feel tired.


The season is catching up with the Zimbabwean's squad at precisely the wrong time. Now in third place, suspicion is growing that Rollers are the stragglers in the pack at the top who could be caught at the bottom.


Orapa United has started to believe as much, their 3-0 demolition against Gaborone United in their backyard would seem more spiriting in the wake of this result. The second-placed Orapa United are now eight points behind, and Maxwell Moyo has deflated Rollers’ ambitions in the recent past. Rollers have secured only eight points from seven league matches and are now with only one away win against Sankoyo.


There are mitigating circumstances for their second round campaign. Chiefs relish a relentless pursuit against tiring opponents and in the end there is looming doubt whether arch rivals Township Rollers could catch up.


Unlike Chiefs, who are expected to compete well into the latter stages of the Premeir League, the Ndlovu side may be charged – publicly at least – with securing a top-four finish this year as a minimum requirement. In future, if the money keeps flowing into their coffers, the team will arrive at greater arenas with expectations to thrive.


Much has been made of the coach's willingness to cram his side with defensive-minded midfielders, relying upon Jerome Ramatlhakwane or Segolame Boy to spark their attack. Since the beginning of the second round, though, they lacked presence and bite in the six-yard box. The tally of efforts on goal is not surprising, though the hierarchy are surely justified in expecting more.


The faltering Premier League title defence and forensic examination of strategy before a major overhaul at Popa is surely on the cards. The holistic ethos that recruited Madinda Ndlovu as a coach from Chiefs and seek to harness all parts of the club for common good may remain but at elite levels there will be a cold look at what has gone wrong and who is responsible should the club fail to bring some silverware this season.


However, this could be the summer of great change at Township Rollers. Since Jagdish Shah became owner in 2013 and began a 1 million-plus investment there has not been as seismic a shake-up as the one being plotted by the hierarchy.
With much at stake, Rollers are on the brink of losing their grip on the premier league cup they trying to defend.

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According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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Mason Greenwood attempted rape charges dropped

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The 21-year-old was arrested in January last year amid allegations surrounding images and videos that emerged online.

He was later charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the charges were discontinued after a key witness withdrew their involvement.

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Raphael Varane announces retirement from international football after 10 years of service.

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The Manchester United defender will now focus on his club career having made 93 caps for France, appearing at three world cups and on European championship. The Les Bleus won the World cup in 2018 and Raphael Varane started all but one of France’s matches in Qatar as they finished as runners up to Argentina

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