Extension Gunners have revealed that they sold speedy winger Kgololo Leteane to rivals Gaborone United (GU) because his heart was no longer at the Peleng giants.
Leteane completed his controversial move to GU at a fee of P30, 000 on Wednesday evening. But Gunners’ committee has come under fire from some quarters who say they could have convinced the former Under-23 international to stay put in Lobatse. Others argue that his move is a blessing in disguise because he was now becoming too ‘big’ for the club. In an interview with Sunday Standard, Gunners’ chairman, William Maboane, said his committee tried their level best to convince Leteane to stay but he made up his mind to move to GU.
“We met with Kgololo on several occasions but it seemed he was under pressure to move elsewhere because of money. It seemed GU offered him something better hence he wanted to leave. We consulted him vigorously but we could not convince him to stay,” said Maboane.
The Gunners’ boss further said that, in an effort to keep the left-winger at the club, his committee met with the player’s parents but to no avail. It is alleged that his parents were also convinced that moving to GU is better for the player.
According to sources close to Leteane, he was fed up with Gunners because they owe him lots of money.
“When the GU offer came, he felt it will better his life. The management has done little to help the poor boy and the only option for him was to look for greener pastures,” said a source.
Maboane dismissed allegations doing rounds that the player did not want to leave Gunners. He said that Leteane made it clear in writing that he feels joining the Reds was the best thing for his career.
“There was no way we were going to step in his way. He has served Gunners well over the years and we would have liked to keep him. On the day we released his book to GU, he was with us because we wanted him to bear witness. This (Leteane’s transfer) was not a one-man show, the whole Gunners’ committee endorsed it,” Maboane said.
Meanwhile, Gunners’ captain, Ofentse Mmipi, has extended his contract at the club for a further two years. This was confirmed by a delighted Maboane who said that Mmipi is key to Gunners’ success. Earlier this month, Mmipi was linked with a move to BDF XI but when the army side pulled out of the negotiations, the player decided to commit his future. “We wanted to maintain him at the club because he is a very important member of the squad. He is a brand in his own respect and we’re glad that he saw it fit to remain at Gunners,” said Maboane.
Mmipi also confirmed the developments but did not elaborate further.