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Tsotso bails out Moeng


Former Uniao Flamingo Santos left footed striker and Botswana’s export to Platinum Stars in South Africa, Mogakolodi Ngele, has decided to pay the medical bills for his former teammate, Bakang Moeng, who was recently controversially sacked by Gaborone United.


Moeng has been on the sidelines for some time now due to a recurring ankle injury. During the last season, Moeng played only a handful of games as his injury kept him away from the playing field.


In August this year, he signed a new three year contract that would only run until the end of October. The termination by Gaborone United came as a shock to the player who was on his way to the team after being given a second chance to rejoin his teammates following the intervention of the Labour Department in Block 8.


Within a week, Moeng was told to write to the team informing them that he agrees to the terms of his possible return. He committed to the team and their terms with a hope of securing his career at Moyagoleele. Behind the scenes, Moeng did not know that the team was pushing for his exit as he was slapped with yet another termination letter after being recalled into the team after his abortive reinstatement.


A member of Gaborone United executive committee who preferred anonymity said Moeng’s issue has divided the team as others are of the view that the player has cost the team way too much money.


Gaborone United is accused of playing double standards by claiming to assist the player yet not willing to cover his medical expenses. This, according to one labour expert, is illegal in terms of the Workers Compensation Act.


The Act dictates that an employer should have ensured its employee so as to be able to pay compensation fees for an injury experienced in the working environment. According to experts of such issues, it was not wrong for GU to have terminated Moeng’s contract, but it is illegal to refuse to pay him his compensations and benefits.


 GU fired the player after failing to lend him money to go for treatment in Rustenburg, South Africa. Upon hearing about the bad news, Ngele then moved to save his friend. It is reported that he has committed to pay for all medical expenses including transport and accommodation during Moeng’s three weeks stay in Rustenburg.  


GU had earlier released a press statement that they had a plan to loan the player money to treat his injury to a stage of healing. It raised eyebrows as to why the team will want to enter into a loan agreement with its employee while their case was all about an injury encountered in work premises.


Meanwhile, Dolezar has no club but he hopes to sign with a new team during the January transfer window.


When contacted for comment about his magnanimous deeds to assist a former teammate, Ngele would not deny nor confirm the development, but the Botswana international admitted that Bakang is his long-time friend.
 

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