Saturday, July 13, 2024

Things fall apart at the Reds

Gaborone United (GU) is one of the most respected outfits in local football. Their decision to go semi-professional last year received many accolades from the sporting fraternity. It was a decision which many footballers believed would encourage other clubs to follow suit.

Less than a year into what was promising to be a ‘big step forward’, things are reported to be falling apart at the Reds. It is reported that the executive committee is not pulling in the same direction.

According to sources within the GU camp, things have turned sour in recent times when the Reds registered some defeats in the be MOBILE Premier League. Since the league resumed in February after the Africa Nations Cup (AFCON), the Reds have failed to come to the party despite spending expensively on players during the transfer window in January.

In the six games they have played so far, GU have only managed two wins against TAFIC and BMC and went on to lose to Township Rollers, BDF XI, Mochudi Centre Chiefs and ECCO City Greens.

This has seen GU getting out of the league race which they were favourites to win when the season kicked off. GU finds itself on fifth spot, 22 points behind leaders Chiefs with eight games to go.
There have been reports that members of the executive committee, secretary Herbert Letsebe and head of technical, Romeo Benjamin, are interfering in the selection of the team’s line-up on match days, something which they (GU) have come out strongly denying.

Though the club denied it, surprisingly, Benjamin was removed from the position to focus on other responsibilities at the club. The decision shocked the football community as to why Benjamin was removed if the allegations of interference were not true. When the issue of interference seemed to have hit roof top, there were allegations that team manager Ace Ruele had sent an sms message to coach Elvis Chiweshe, telling him that the team will never win as long as he is not allowed into the dressing room.

Ruele was supposed to be brought before the club’s disciplinary committee to answer for one charge of misconduct. Things at the Reds came to an all time low on Monday night when the club announced that Zimbabwean coach Elvis Chiweshe had been fired after a series of poor performances. This came after GU were beaten 4-2 by ECCO City Greens at SSKB in Mogoditshane. The club claimed the coach decided to go because he has lost control of the team and there was no future.

While Chiweshe has decided to remain mum about his firing, it is reported that he is not a happy man as he was pushed out.


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