Coach Daniel Chicco Nare’s six-month contract with Extension Gunners expires at the end of February. New negotiations are yet to start.
Nare’s contract is coming to an end while the club owes him more than P200 000. Chicco last year March borrowed Gunners P180 000 to enable the team to pay players’ salaries. The players had threatened to boycott matches if they were not paid and by then the team did not have money and was saved by the coach.
The coach is also owed nine months in unpaid salaries and the team is said to be mum on paying him.
Since March the team has not paid the coach back his money and there has never been a payment plan to reimburse Chicco.
Contacted for comment club chairperson Phenyo Gothaang is optimistic that Nare is needed at Gunners and they will keep him to continue coaching at Gunners. “We will extend Chicco’s contract by one and half years,” Gothaang said. Asked what was delaying the process of extending the contract he said: “We are still in transition, the team will be managed by All Kasi. Once all this has been done we will extend the contract,” he said.
Gothaang did not want to discuss the money owed to Chico and when it would be paid. “That is personal and some of the issues you are raising are labour issues. I will not discuss salary affairs with you,” he charged. The chairperson also said they were concentrating on recruiting players and once that finishes they would address other issues.
Contacted for comment Nare confirmed that his contract was coming to an end by February. “My contract is coming to an end by the end of February. I will be waiting to hear from my principals on the way forward,” Nare said.
On the money he is owed by the club he said: “I will not discuss my dealings with Gunners with media. That is a private matter.”
Recently reports have been linking Nare with Orapa United. The mining team since ascendance to the elite league has never been coached by a local coach and maybe the team wants to empower the local coaches. Orapa is also linked to Zambia’s Zesco United coach George Lwandamina.
Since Chico was given the hot seat at Gunners the team has been doing relatively well and there is hope from Gunners supporters that they will go far this season.