Sunday, January 16, 2022

Chiweshe rubbishes allegations against him

Gaborone United (GU) head coach, Elvis Chiweshe, has denied allegations that he threatened to quit his post immediately after their goalless draw against BMC in a Be MOBILE Premier League game, which was played at Lobatse Stadium last weekend.

According to reports reaching Sunday Standard, Chiweshe threatened to quit after he was summoned by the club’s management to explain some of the things which happened during the game, including leaving striker Baloni Chiseko on the field for long while it was clear that he was struggling.

The situation is said to have happened in front of some of the GU supporters who were also not happy with the performance.

“The coach wanted to quit because he was not happy with the way the management had treated him. It was unfair to expect GU to get maximum points on the day because we do not have a good record against BMC,” said an inside source at GU.

Since the league started, Chiweshe has come under immense pressure from the management and supporters who believe that with the squad they have, he should deliver the silverware come the end of the season.

“At the moment, you can understand the coach’s frustrations because he’s new in Botswana football and you cannot expect miracles from him in his maiden season,” the source added.
Chiweshe arrived at GU during pre-season from Zimbabwean giants Dynamos FC where he had an impressive record.

When approached for comment, Chiweshe was surprised to hear the allegations.

“It is not true that I wanted to quit. The truth of the matter is that I was a bit disappointed people were calling for a meeting immediately after the game. I’m a professional and I did not want to be part of that meeting because it was going to become a trend (that if they do not do well he’ll be summoned),” said Chiweshe.

On the issue of Chiseko, the gaffer said that he is surprised that people are making a lot of noise about him because he never said Chiseko is here to score every weekend. Even during the media briefing on Thursday afternoon in Gaborone, Chiweshe once again defended the burly striker who has only scored once in eight games.

“I never said that he is a skillful player. All I said is that he will be able to assist his teammates to score goals. The other thing is that I fail to understand who said we’re going to win the league,” he said.

GU secretary Hebert Letsebe confirmed that they had a meeting with the coach and it happens almost every week to evaluate the performance of the team at the weekend.

He said that they are not holding the meetings to put Chiweshe under any pressure.

“It was not like we called him immediately after the game; it was on Monday which is a normal practice. We’ve not been doing well since we won the league in 2009, but with the players we’ve brought in, we do believe that we can challenge for the honours, even the coach agreed with us. But that does not mean that we’ve given him an ultimatum to win the league or he’s out,” said Letsebe.

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