The National Appeals Board of the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) has finally sent some delight in the way of Mochudi Centre Chiefs camp after categorically declaring that ‘want away’ player Galabgwe Moyana is, in fact, their player.
The player has over the months incited a bitter tussle between rivals Township Rollers and Mochudi Center Chiefs, both claiming his signature. The status committee which was asked to sit on the ensuing case after Moyana erred by signing contracts with both clubs, judged that the former Notwane winger was a free agent, in the process giving the defending champions a life line to recruit him to their camp.
On the other hand, Magosi felt aggrieved and knocked on the doors of the appeals board, who have since set the record straight. According to the judgement of appeals board delivered on Tuesday this week, the status committee had pathetically erred in their deliberations and had failed to deal with the status of the player, even before his move to South African side Polokwane City, last season.
WeekendSport has perused the 10 paged judgement and found that appeals board has repeatedly punched holes in the initial decision of the Players’ Status Committee. Furthermore, both Galabgwe Moyana and Township Rollers (cited as respondent) have been swiped by the board, being accused of negotiating behind the back of Centre Chiefs.
It was discovered that ‘Galaxy’ as he is affectionately known, was first registered as a Chiefs player on the 1st of October 2010 and his contract did not expire until December of 2013. It came to the fore that six months before the contract elapsed, both the player and the club entered into a further written contract on the 7th of June 2013. The contract was to terminate on 31st May 2015.
However, in a most shrouded way, Moyana was made to sign another contract with Rollers three days later. Such a contract was to expire on the 31st of June 2016. To further complicate matters, Township Rollers on the same date of June 2013, furnished Chiefs with a letter seeking permission to approach their player, Moyana.
However, although the letter was copied to league committee, there was never evidence that such permission was given. It would seem that Rollers was piling pressure on Moyana because on the very day he signed a contract with Rollers, he also wrote to Chiefs requesting a copy of his contract, but reasons were not proffered.
It has emerged that Chiefs then responded to the player reminding him that he has a binding contract with them. It is for that reason that Chiefs pressed forward and entered into a memorandum of understanding with Polokwane City for Moyana’s international transfer.
The transfer was to start in June 1st 2013 and end in July 2014. Procedurally, the appeals board found out that the player’s transfer was duly facilitated by BFA. But after successfully completing his stay at Polokwane, Moyana on the 7th of August contacted Chiefs requesting to be furnished with his written contract before a loan move was initiated. The appeals board further observed that on 18th of August, Rollers wrote to Chiefs requesting for permission to talk to Moyana, which Chiefs duly responded with a negative answer.
The appeals board picked that there was no innocence on the part of Rollers because they had already signed a contract with the player even before asking for permission from Chiefs.
“In addition, the fact that the respondent and the player had signed the contract was not disclosed to the appellant (Chiefs). As such, the letter seeking approval was self seeking and it did not at all have the colour of good faith about it.” Reads part of the judgement.
More scorn was poured on Rollers that the high riding club knew all along that they could enter into a contract with the player if they had been allowed to talk to him and his release approved by Chiefs. “When they wrote on 10th June 2013 seeking approval, they knew that they had on the same day, already signed a contract with the player,” the judgement observed.
Chiefs was represented by both Clifford Mogomotsi and Raymond Tsheko while Rollers relied on the brains of Kgosietsile Ngakayagae.
Moyana’s timeline of events 1st October 2010 Signed 3 year contract with Chiefs
7th June 2013 Extended his contract for further 2 years
10th June 2013 Signed another new contract with Rollers Rollers approached Chiefs for permission to talk with Moyana Moyana contacted Chiefs requesting a copy of the contract
June 2013- 1st July 2014 Player’s transfer was facilitated and was in action
7th August 2014 Asked Chiefs to furnish him with a written contract before his loan move was initiated
18th August 2014 Rollers again approached Chiefs for permission to talk with Moyana
19th August 2014 Chiefs responded to Rollers letter Moyana asked Chiefs to release his registration book to Rollers
20th August 2014 Status committee was asked to sit on his case
14th October 2014 Status committee ruled that Moyana is a free agent and that Chiefs sat on their right to recall him from Polokwane City
16th November 2014 After appealing the case, Moyana was declared a Chiefs player
Township Rollers Head Coach, Nikola Kavazovic, has left a note on management’s table addressing the futures of Galabgwe Moyana and Lemponye Tshireletso. The duo had their stay at the club in the spotlight as debate over refreshing the squad raged on.
It is reported that Kavazovic had scheduled talks with the attacking midfielders as he seeks to convince them to stay for one more season at the club. The gaffer wants to turn the club’s pot of gold into silverware one more time.
Moyana had already offered himself to premier league rookies, Masitaoka Football Club.However, Rollers has other experienced players and the expectation is that many titles will still be won.
However, the club has made it known that it wants to traverse a torrid passage of CAF champion’s league, reaching group stages, at the very least.It is in this regard that Kavazovic will wants Moyana and Tshireletso to stay.
He hopes their injury nightmares will be arrested hence they could take leading roles to stir the Rollers ship to victory again.More often than not during the last season, their absence left Rollers struggling.But they too, could struggle to return to full fitness missing the opportunity to drive Rollers back to glory days, alongside the rest of Roller veterans in skipper Maano Ditshupo and Ofentse Nato.
But the team’s insistence and promise to make a loud impact in the coming season is still awaiting confirmation. The duo in particular will have to stand strong otherwise the ambition mirrors a tomorrow that will never come.
Engendered into the multi-million project of Jagdish Shah, the players were recruited to embody the present and future of the club and true to that testament, both have played a pivotal role for Rollers to win more silverware.
The talent of the duo, after reuniting with Kavazovic, should make the case for Rollers to once again make headline impact, particularly in the CAF competition starting next year January. Kavazovic agrees that as a unit they could find an edge as clubs are preparing for a return to the field.
Away from the Rollers stage, both players have won many titles with Mochudi Centre Chiefs and are still loved by their followers.When reached for comment, Rollers media liaison officer, Phempheretlhe Pheto, said there are in fact four players who were supposed to leave the club.
He said all will be decided after talks are completed as each player will face the management about the way forward.“It is not only the two guys, they are about four players whose contracts have expired but each one of them is expected to negotiate with management. Their future will be determined by the outcome of the talks,” he said.
The other two players are Kaone van der Westhuizen who is playing as a left back as well as Bogosi Nfila who was signed to bring goals.
Botswana international defender, Lesenya Ramoraka’s situation at TS Galaxy has been explained by his agent Tumi Gabonamong.
The 26 year old defender found himself in a tight situation after his club; Highlands Park’s status was bought by renowned football agent Tim Sukazi of TS Galaxy.
The sudden changes meant that some players were to be released by the team to accommodate new recruitments and changes at the club. As the club status was acquired, Ramoraka’s contract at Highlands was left with a year and the club opted to keep him despite spending much time on the side-lines due to injuries.
According to Gabonamong the lanky left back is part of the new TS Galaxy team although he was not included in the team list for this season. As per information gathered, Ramoroka will only be registered with the team in the next transfer window slated for January.
“He is very much still part of the team. He is currently nursing an injury he sustained during the bubble games. He will of course start training end of November or beginning of December. They’ll only register him in the next transfer period, he’s part of the team,” said Gabonamong.
Ramoraka has proven himself since joining the team in 2018 from Orapa United. Lee as Ramoraka is known in football circles has so far played 29 games for the team, netting only once.
“Ramoraka is one of the players that survived the changes at the team, remember the team doesn’t have many left backs and he is a quality player having so far cemented a place in the starting line-up. I believe after his injury he will fight for a place as usual.
That is why the team kept him therefore people shouldn’t worry that he is not registered this season.There is no need to register a player when you know he will be out for some time. It is only advisable for you to offer him more playing time more especially that he is a foreigner this side.
Again, his injury is healing and he will come back sooner than later. The aim is to keep him this side even when he might not renew his contract but chances are he will be with the team for some time because they have shown much value on him,” explained the wife of former Zebras midfielder, Mogogi Gabonamong
RECONCILED? Former Zebras Coach tshosane and former BFA President Sebego
In the build up to the Botswana Football Association (BFA) National Executive Committee elections, former Senior National Team Coach, Stanley Tshosane had threatened to sue presidential aspirant, Tebogo Sebego, after the latter made suggestions on national radio that the performance of the national team was appalling during the former’s tenure.
Tshosane, who claimed reputational damage, said a number allegations made by Sebego were baseless and unfounded. Sources say Tshosane was livid that Sebego tarnished his reputation and integrity when he deposited averments on national broadcasters to the effect that the national team performance had reached its lowest ebb before the appointment of Brighton Peter Butler.
The Englishman came to supplant Tshosane just a year after The Zebras returned from their maiden African Cup of Nations edition of 2012.Tshosane was therefore ready to draw first blood and demanded retraction, further threatening a legal route in the event Sebego did not act as prescribed.
According to sources close the developments, Sebego however demonstrated leadership qualities and apologized, letting bygones be bygones. Sources say the former BFA administrators have smoked a peace pipe especially that Sebego’s ambition of becoming president disappeared a fortnight ago when he lost again to MacLean Letshwiti in a tightly contested election.
The animosity between Tshosane and Sebego first played out in 2013 when Sebego’s administration sacked the former coach, giving one simple explanation that he was failing to inspire the collective belief within the national squad.
It is said that Tshosane never forgave the past administration for firing him especially that he was on sick leave at the time the letter was delivered to him by the then Chief Executive Officer, Keith Masters. Tshosane was fresh from penning a new deal when he was terminated. At the time he sought legal redress claiming prejudice.
It is not yet clear if Tshosane and the BFA administration have ironed out their differences. When his situation grew precarious in 2013, he felt he was sabotaged by the people he trusted.But sources say the Jackalas number 1 born coach now enjoys a healthy relationship with the association and that is why there is talk suggesting his possible return.
Tshosane was not available for comment as his phone rang unanswered while Sebego refused altogether to share details saying; “I cannot respond to allegations, I mean we need to be respected, this is just senseless.”
Stan, who is now over 60 years, was first appointed to the position of Botswana Senior National Team Coach in 2008, following a short spell as caretaker coach. In 2012, he led the Zebras to their first appearance in AFCON 2012 co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
A year later, in October, after BFA new leadership assumed power and he was sacked for failing to re-write his 2012 success football story. Critics then suggested he was only offered the job because the football association could not afford to hire a better reputable “name’’.
Stan had previously been assistant to the Serbian mentor, Veselin Jelušić, as well as English manager, Colwyn Rowe, for the national team.
Whilst working as an assistant for the national team, he had also been manager of the Botswana Defence Force XI (BDF XI) for a lengthy spell. Stan had also played for BDF XI in his glory days as a football player.