Saturday, June 6, 2020

GUNNERS CHOKE UNDER HEAVY DEBT

A dark cloud hovers over the BTC premiership giants Extension Gunners following tightened screws of the club licensing crescendos.

Resulting in deducted point for Gunners ahead of the ongoing 2019/20 season, the Lobatse giants are still leaving dangerously with rumours that Deputy sheriffs are sniffing around the Botswana Football Association (BFA) clamping firm on the club’s pending debts.

The Sunday Standard established the predicaments on the matter being unpaid debts of former gaffers Keitumetse ‘Pio’ Paul and Daniel ‘Chico’ Nare.

While the matter remains unsolved for years since the dismissal of the duo, it remains that the troubled Peleng club is struggling to settle the bill despite agreement to settle the debt in segments.

Close sources have revealed to The Sunday Standard that the matter is allegedly a debate factor at the local football mother body with the club risking expulsion from the Botswana Premier League (BPL).

“The BFA has extremely tightened screws for local clubs to oblige to club licensing requirements and clubs will have to pull socks. The Gunners issue is an alarming factor as there are serious debt complaints reaching the BFA offices. Some concerned legal practitioners are clinching on Gunners throat and have alerted the football association of the deadlock between club and former employees,” a source told The Sunday Standard.

It is said that as much as other clubs have suffered consequences of non-compliance of regulations in the past, action will be taken accordingly against offenders.

“The BFA top brass is under pressure from World football governing body to dance the football compliance tune. Recent reports in Zurich, the headquarters of FIFA with regards to players and managers’ welfare are said to have triggered the World football body to prospect Botswana football dealings. The local association now knows they are under the eye and indebted to implement the overdue obligations,” narrated the insider.

In an interview with The Sunday Standard, the BFA chief executive officer (CEO) Mfolo Mfolo confirmed that indeed the Peleng giants are living dangerously and expect them to bring their house to order shortly.

“The club is living at risk following stern warning against non-compliant clubs and it is critical that they clear their overdue debts” said Mfolo.

He said the BFA has been served with a court order to deal with the matter. “It is true that a court order has been submitted to our office and we have to follow the order and this means that Gunners grants and prize monies will be directed to those owed by the club. We always advise clubs to cut the cloth according to their reasonable budgets to avoid financial constraints and hope clubs have learnt a lesson and will do accordingly this season,” Mfolo told The Sunday Standard.

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