Sunday, September 27, 2020

Sankoyo sack chairman for pocketing gate takings

BY GODFREY MOWANENG

Troubled BTC Premiership club Sankoyo Bush Bucks parted ways with chairman Obusitse John last week.

That followed an alleged financial misconduct that sent shockwaves in the football fraternity after an alleged raiding of gate takings funds by the chairman during the club’s home match against Jwaneng Galaxy two weeks ago.

It has been brought to light that the dark cloud hovering over the club follows brewing factions haunting the relegation threatened side.

While John is accused of financial misconduct, close sources have also revealed to the Sunday Standard that the chairman had raised concerns that the club oweed him.

The Sunday Standard investigations unearthed that the chairman has not returned funds he took from the gate takings. He has alerted the club’s top brass that he is still owed despite the few thousand pulas he pocketed.

“Factions have emerged within the club due to financial constraints affecting the team. Some within the club’s top brass have borrowed the club money and continue to demand their reimbursements. Others feel it is inappropriate due to poor book keeping of financial records. The team is troubled and they are just honouring remaining fixtures of the elite league as they face relegation,” insiders told the Sunday Standard.

News reaching this publication indicates that former club chairman Itumeleng Kelebetseng is expected to return to the hot seat as chairman of the club until end of the 2018/19 season.

Kelebetseng resigned from the position citing political constraints a season ago. While the infightings continue to haunt the club, the Maun based side is rooted at the bottom of the log table with eight matches to play.

In an interview, Obusitse said the club owes him and have pushed him out despite nothing concrete on their payment plan.

“I was forced out but the club still owes me. It is true that I had taken the gate takings funds but has since returned the money but the truth of the matter is that I am still owed money since 2015,” said Obusitse,

For her part, Sankoyo general manager Agnes Kelapile revealed that the chairman was under the watchful eye of the Sankoyo Tshwaragano Trust after misappropriation of funds in January.

It has been revealed that Obusitse was serving suspension from the Trust’s board and the final nail came from the club after the Jwaneng Galaxy match.

“Early this year the chairman failed to account for the P20, 000 given to the club by the Trust and in just a few weeks he threatens the club with gate takings funds so we had no option but to show him the door. We did not know of any money owed to him until the home game against Galaxy at which he acted strangely,” Kelapile told the Sunday Standard.

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