Sunday, September 20, 2020

Gunners send Mmipi packing

Extension Gunners’ midfielder Ofentse ‘Motsiri’ Mmipi is regarded as one of the best talents to come out of this country in recent times. He has been inspirational in the black and white colours of the Peleng giants and he was even handed the captaincy band. At some stage, Township Rollers and Mochudi Centre Chiefs were interested in his services but he remained loyal to the Peleng glamour boys.

Recently his performance has gone down, something which football commentators have attributed to the fact that he might be looking for a new home. BMC are said to be following the latest developments since he is said to be frustrated at Gunners.

But sources close to Gunners’ camp say that Mmipi’s main problem is his indiscipline. They further pointed out that his indiscipline has divided Gunners’ camp as most of the players are not happy because the management is not acting.

“He (Mmipi) is the captain of the team and the management of the team is letting him do as he pleases. At times he dictates to the technical team which players deserve to be picked during games. When (Maxwell) Moyo was still here, he would even suggest which player has to be substituted. This thing is not going well with us because he is treated with kids’ gloves,” said one of the players who preferred to remain anonymous. The player further said that if nothing is done with Mmipi, Gunners are likely to lose most of the players come the end of the season.

“Players need to be treated the same because we’re all here to play for Gunners,” added the player.
On Thursday upon his return from the national team camp, Mmipi was chased away from training by interim coach Nelson Olebile. This comes after Mmipi is said to have failed to follow instructions during their training session.

“The thing is that he (Mmipi) lost possession twice and when the technical team told him to chase back, he did not listen to them. The coaches had to stop training to pass the message to him and he told them to f*** off. I’m happy the coaches took a stand because it would send a clear message to him,” said another player.

On Friday morning, Olebile confirmed that he sent Mmipi packing after he misbehaved.

“It’s true that I ordered him to leave the training session after he failed to follow my instructions. He even said the unprintable to me. I have informed the management about the incident and it’s up to them to act,” said a disappointment Olebile.

The gaffer asserted that there is no doubt that the team needs Mmipi’s services but he has to shape up or ship out.

“If he comes to apologise and we (technical team) can tell that he is remorseful, then we’ll accept him back. He has to change his attitude because we cannot drill indiciplined players,” said Olebile.

Gunners’ chairman, William Maboane, claimed ignorance on the issue though the matter is said to have been reported to him. He said that they are going to act on the matter once they have full information on what transpired.

“I cannot believe that happened especially that (Mmipi) is the captain. We cannot afford to have indiciplined team and recently I’ve told the technical team to take strict measures against players who does not follow the rules,” he said.

Our sources have revealed that Mmipi is likely to be stripped of the captaincy after disciplinary hearing.

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