Thursday, January 28, 2021

Gunners to crack whip on errant players

Extension Gunners’ chairman William Maboane has promised to crack the whip to address indiscipline at the club after two key players missed their crucial be-MOBILE Premier League clash against Nico United.

The two players, Kgololo Leteane and Hendrick Moyo claimed they were injured.

Despite their absence, Gunners went on to win the game 2-1 thanks to goals from Maano Ditshupo.
“They have been training well the whole week; we were surprised on Thursday when the travelling team was announced and they claimed to be carrying injuries. This is really disturbing our team because every week they come up with excuses,” said an inside source. He said that the management has to take action against them if they want to remain Gunners’ players.

This is not the first time the two players had failed to honour the team’s fixture this season. On October 1, both Leteane and Mmipi missed their 2-0 loss to ECCO City Greens in Francistown. It is understood that some named individuals were accused of influencing the players not to travel.

Following the events of the weekend, management is reportedly fed up with the duo.

“The management has to act because the situation will end up affecting the whole team,” said one of Gunners’ players on Monday.

When contacted for comment, Maboane said that he has made it clear to the management that they have to discipline the players. He admitted that the situation of the two players is a cause of concern.
“I’m still waiting for a report from the technical team regarding their absence. Their behaviour has the potential of distabilising the team. I expect every Gunners player to be a professional and in the future we’ll only accept the doctor’s report which confirms that a certain player is injured,” said the Gunners’ boss.

When Gunners beat Miscellaneous in Orapa early this month, they did it without their influential captain Ofentse Mmipi. It is reported that the player claimed to have been injured though the technical team had their doubts. As a result Mmipi was stripped off the captaincy which was given to Maano Ditshupo during their 2-1 win over Nico United on Saturday.

“We’re fed up with Motsiri because he has been giving us problems. Though we’ve not officially told him, the truth of the matter is that he’s no longer the captain,” said an inside source.

Disciplinary action against Mmipi was anticipated, especially after he was accused of spearheading the recent training boycott by the players.

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