BTC Premiership log leaders Township Rollers have refuted claims that star goalkeeper Kabelo Dambe’s return to first team was due to a contractual agreement.
Following Dambe’s return to first team goalkeeping duties, rumours started flying thick and fast that the national team goalkeeper had signed a contract stipulating he becomes first choice keeper when fit.
Since Serbian coach Nikola Kovazovic took over at the club, Dambe, together with another national team goalkeeper Mwampule Masule, have found themselves playing second fiddle to young shot stopper Keoagile Kgosipula.
Out of the Rollers’ ten opening games of the current premier league season, Kgosipula started eight while Dambe has started only two games. The lanky keeper returned to first team duties during Rollers’ two all draw with Orapa United.
Of the eight games where Kgosipula started, Rollers never lost a single point, while the team has drawn all the two league games Dambe played. As a result, many were surprised to see Kgosipula relegated to the bench as soon as Dambe regained fitness.
Close sources revealed to Sunday Standard that when Dambe agreed terms with Rollers, his agent settled for a ‘’play when fit condition.”
It is said that soon after Dambe fully recovered from his injury, despite Kovazovic’s interest in playing the young Kgosipula, there was no choice but to select Dambe in the first team.
“Dambe is a professional player and their agents are good at negotiating for their clients. His agent wants to see the player active at all times and he is back despite Kgosipula impressive start of the season,” a source told Sunday Standard.
However, Dambe downplayed the matter narrating that although he cannot disclose his contractual details, the contract does not stipulates that he should be selected when fit.
“My contract is similar to that of other players. This is football and players should be selected on merit. We all work hard and the coach selects the team according to hard work and hunger to play,” said Dambe.
He said the injury scare that threatened his career is now water under the bridge and he is ready to do Rollers proud.
“I have fully recovered and ready to fight for the team and this has nothing to do with contractual agreements. It will not be fair to me as a player and the technical team to be selected in spite of my performance,” Dambe said.
The allegations were also refuted by Rollers spokesperson Bafana Pheto who said there was no such clause in Dambe’s contract. Pheto said the coach selects players according to performance.
“There is no clause in Dambe’s contract that binds the technical team. Players are selected on merit and it is a fact that we have a pool of players that can make it in the first team at any point. When we played in Jwaneng this week Wagarre Dikago was reserving Dambe and Kgosipula was not part of the match day squad and this clearly points out that we have a pool of players to represent the team depending on the coach’s plans,” Pheto explained.