Former TAFIC speedy winger, Marvin ‘Vhula’ Kaelo, has lashed out at the club for transferring him to Miscellaneous without his consent.
The Serowe-born midfielder has since written a formal complaint to the Botswana Premier League office (BPL) and he is awaiting their response. During the transfer window period in January, Kaelo told Sunday Standard about his willingness to join Extension Gunners but he says he was shocked when he read in the media that he had been sold to Miscellaneous.
“I’ve never held any talks or anything with Miscellaneous. I was surprised when people called me saying that they read in one newspaper that I have joined Miscellaneous. Gunners are the only club which has shown interest in me and I’m willing to join them,” he said on Friday afternoon.
Kaelo said he contacted TAFIC officials on several occasions but he did not get a convincing answer as to why his registration book was released to Miscellaneous.
“All I want right now is to play football but it’s frustrating that TAFIC officials are treating me like they are doing. I’ve served the club well over the last three years and I expected them to give me their blessings when I wanted out. What is frustrating me most is that I’m idling at home while the league is going into the third week,” he added.
Kaelo joined the Francistown-based club in 2009 from First Division South side Young Strikers. TAFIC manager, Master Mbulawa, was cagey with details and referred this publication to secretary, David Bokhutlo.
When contacted for comment, Bokhutlo also failed to furnish Sunday Standard with the details.
“I’m not privy to the full details of his transfer. The committee is meeting on Monday and that’s when we’ll be able to give you full information,” said Bokhutlo.
According to reliable sources, TAFIC wanted to sign miscellaneous striker Bogosi Mfila hence their decision to swap him with Kaelo. Another source commented, “the player (Kaelo) is not telling the truth that he has been transferred without his knowledge. He held talks with Miscellaneous officials but changed his mind without informing them”.
Gunners’ publicity officer, Abdul Kgengwenyane, confirmed their interest in Kaelo but said TAFIC officials have sent them from pillar to post.
“Our chairman has been in contact with his TAFIC counterpart but nothing came out of the discussions. The next thing we heard is that he (Kaelo) had been transferred to Miscellaneous. The player has shown interest in joining us but we’ll wait to hear the outcome of his case,” said Kgengwenyane. Premier League General Manager, Phuthego Setete, confirmed that they had received a letter of complaint from Kaelo and they are still waiting for TAFIC and miscellaneous to furnish them with the details of the transfer.