Saturday, October 24, 2020

Rollers in tussle with small team over Ditsile transfer

The transfer of Lebogang Ditsile to South Africa-based, Highlands Park has raised a storm and the club that developed the player wants 100 percent of proceeds for his move. 

The newly promoted Highlands Park will be making its maiden appearance in the ABSA  Premiership League. Highlands Park’s acquisition of Ditsile’s services seems to have started another tussle with the team the player started his career with, Mmopane-based Sweet XI, who have already started legal proceedings in pursuit to get compensation from accrued money Rollers was paid from his sale.  

The team has written Rollers a letter through their lawyer, David Ndlovu. 

Sweet XI owner Christopher Sebego said he would fight until he got what he wanted. “We want the whole amount because Rollers has never used the player in any official game. They (Rollers) cannot claim a stake in the player as he never played for them in any game,” said Sebego, adding that Rollers never paid him any salary. 

Sweet XI plays in the Kweneng Regional Football Division One League. The 20-year-old Ditsile has played for all the Botswana national youth teams ÔÇô Under- 17, U-20 and U-23 before being spotted by national team coach, Peter Butler. 

According to the transfer agreement entered into  between Sweet XI and Rollers in a letter dated 20/01/2013, the Premiership team paid P6 000 for the transfer of the player and agreed to pay 50 percent of any money accruing if the player was sold to any team locally or internationally. 

Sebego said they had reneged from the initial agreement of 50 percent because the player never settled at Rollers. According to Sebego, Ditsile was bitter with Rollers and had shown interest of going back to Sweet XI because he was not in Mark Harrison’s plans and was unhappy with the loan arrangement because he wanted to play for the team that he started his career with and not the one he was loaned to.  

Contacted for comment, Township Rollers spokesperson Bafana Pheto said: “I am not aware of any agreement between Sweet XI and Rollers and we have not received anything with regard to any sort of claim from the team.” He observed that “when a player is being sold to another club everybody starts an association with him hence people are now claiming Ditsile”. 

Pheto dismissed the claim that Ditsile had never played for Rollers. “The player was signed by Rollers and it is only us who can do whatever we want with him; we can loan or sell him. No one can dictate terms to us,” explained Pheto. He said since they had sold Ditsile to Highland Park Sweet XI could not dictate anything to them. 

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