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Santos may report Rollers to FIFA

Tsotso was sold at 1.8 million pula

First division outfit Uniao Flamengo Santos is in the process of reporting defending champions Township Rollers to world football governing body, FIFA over their prolonged failure to pay a compensation fee after luring Mogakolodi ‘Tsotso’ Ngele to their camp in 2012.


While Rollers counted their lucky stars after signing Ngele who helped them raise the inaugural Mascom top 8 title, Santos mood was never restored as resentment dominated their boardrooms. They reported the champions to the status committee and other subsequent BFA structures feeling aggravated by the fact that Rollers benefits more from the player they never groomed and nourished.


After successfully seeking redress on this matter, the appeal board ruled that Rollers should at least pay Santos 8% of the total cost prize the player was valued at when he was sold. WeekendSport can safely reveal that South African club; Platinum Stars acquired the player for a whopping 1.8 million pula.

This, therefore means Uniao Flamengo Santos, according to the ruling of the appeals board is entitled to P144 000 as compensation for grooming the player. However such money according to the club is yet to be deposited to their account.


Santos says a year has passed and they have not heard anything from the Gaborone giants despite the order said order by the Appeal board. Santos is now fighting for promotion to the elite league.  As things stand, Santos is penning a letter to the BFA, which according to procedure will be copied to FIFA about the despicable silence of the Mma Masire based side.


Arguably, Santos is one of the local based clubs that pride themselves with nurturing talent from an early stage. The team management believes that team is has a bright future lying ahead of them but is being hampered by laws being bended in favour of “some certain clubs”.


After selling Tsotso, Rollers went on to bring his brother Godfrey Ngele to their camp. There were great expectations to the effect that he too could flourish like his younger brother and follow him to Platinum Stars. However the mooted move was never to be as Godfrey never had game time under Madinda Ndlovu.


Matshidiso Kowa of Santos is irked by the delay from the Gaborone giants. When contacted he said: “it is only honest to write back to BFA notifying them about our intention, it is not like we are fighting Rollers, we just seek to follow due process, FIFA has to know this.”


Rollers secretary general, Khumo Masonya shared little details about the payment. He said he is well aware of the matter and like UF Santos they have appealed because they felt the compensation fee was too expensive for them. Somehow, due to technicalities their case could not be heard because someone had not paid the required amount of the appeal.


It turns out that even Santos had appealed that the compensation fee was little, but reports mention they could not show reasons regarding the issue.

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