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Rollers yet to settle BMC debts

Motsholetsi Sikele

Despite their financial muscle to buy players at will, defending champions Township Rollers are yet settle a P100 000 debts with BMC FC.

Reports suggest that the Gaborone giants, two seasons ago signed both Motsholetsi Sikele and Kenanao Kgetholetsile from BMC at a cost 100 000. The two players left the ‘Meat Boys’ at a time when the club was faced with turbulent developments – this was the time when the principal sponsor, BMC, the parastatal withdrew from sponsoring the club.  

According to information from the club, the BMC deal was facilitated by the then chairman of the club, Sonny Phiri. But the process to the deal was disturbed by the infighting at BMC when the club was split into two camps.

One camp as led by Phiri claimed that the club was run by a society and therefore they had the right to run all the affairs of the club. The other camp felt that the team is under the arm of the mother company and as a result everything should be controlled by the sponsoring company.

This animosity dragged on for a considerable length of time until the Botswana Football Association (BFA) decided to freeze the club account. This, according the BFA, was done in good faith because there was no proof as to which BMC account was in use. The matter inadvertently forced Rollers not to pay for the players as arranged by the then embattled Phiri.

It is in this manner that BMC even after going through different investors have not yet received payments for the players. Both Sikele and Kgetholetsile cost a total of P100 000, each of them sold at P50 000.

When contacted for comment, the manager of BMC, Nelson Radijeng said: “It is not like Rollers is refusing to pay us, you will remember that we had a fierce fight amongst us as the club and there was no how such money was to be deposited into our accounts. We had to wait until the courts have made a ruling regarding the status of the club.”  

However, both players have encountered contrasting fortunes at the Blues. Sikele instantly became a hit at Popa and was instrumental into the rise of the club that saw them winning the Premier League title and runner ups in the Mascom Top 8 competitions.  Kgetholetsile was simply a flop. The latter has since joined first division outfit FC Galaxy to redeem his football talent.

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

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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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