Ambitious Mascom Top 8 Cup champions Jwaneng Galaxy’s chances of clinching a double this season are reported to have been dealt a heavy blow by internal club bickering.
News reaching Sunday Standard reveal that prior to the end of the season, Galaxy management and players wrestled for bonuses from the lucrative Mascom Top 8 windfall.
While management saw it fitting to equally award players bonuses, it has been unearthed that players were not happy with the arrangement as some believed it was unprofessional and the money was little due to the set-up of sharing spoils likewise.
The bonus predicament that haunted the club forced the team into loss of form that saw it losing crucial points to the likes of relegated Green Lovers, Black Forest and Gaborone United. Close sources revealed to this publication that the matter was heated to an extent that the club wanted to auction the Mascom Top 8 player jerseys to supporters instead of giving them to players as it is the common norm after every cup competition.
‘’In a way Galaxy lost track of the league race due to battles that haunted the club internally. Firstly players were not happy with the P12 300 bonus each that was given to them and it was frustrating that they wanted the Mascom Top 8 jerseys.
It was only after two draws against Lovers and Forest that management realised that players were dragging their feet and the jerseys were released,” a source told Sunday Standard.
In an interview with Sunday Standard, Galaxy chairperson Njabulo Gilika downplayed the matter narrating that they were a club that preaches engagement and it was only that people had different opinions on how to deal with their matters after clinching the cup which was nothing much related to a brawl at the club.
“There has never been a fight between management and players with concerns to bonuses. It was just a matter of engagement and we decided to give players bonuses equally.
“Despite some not making it to the playing squad, they are part of the team and add value either at training or during camp. Losing and drawing some of our games after the Top 8 has nothing to do with bonuses,” said Gilika.
He confirmed that it was true that the club thought of auctioning players’ jerseys but decided at a later stage to give them back as players wished to give them away to their fans and families.
“We had people approaching us with interest of buying the Mascom Top 8 jerseys and thought of auctioning them but due to players demanding them we decided to hand them to them,” concluded Gilika.