Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Tshosane gets his dues as BFA settles out of court

Botswana Football Association (BFA) has opted to pay former Zebras coach Stanley Tshosane an undisclosed amount as an out of court settlement over an unfair dismissal dispute.

It has been revealed to Sunday Standard that the settlement between the BFA and the former Zebras coach was agreed sometimes in December last year.

Tshosane had dragged the local football motherbody before the courts seeking terminal benefits following what he deemed an unfair dismissal from his job by the then BFA leadership.

The history making coach, who was at the helm when Botswana qualified for and made its debut at the AFCON finals in 2012, was dismissed from his duties just 18 months into his new three year contract as the Zebras coach.

Despite being the only coach to have guided the Zebras into what still remains the country’s one and only AFCON appearance, Tshosane was shown the door a year after his heroics over what was described a ‘string of poor results.’

Reportedly earning a monthly sum around P70, 000 at the time of his sacking, it was revealed that the gaffer demanded his terminal benefits and payments of the remaining amount of the entire three year contract after his sacking, something which the BFA did not accede to.

The BFA’s stance however seems to have since changed as the current regime has opted to give him his much sought after handshake.

While neither the BFA nor Tshosane were keen to reveal the amount, a source close to both parties has revealed the former coach will be handsomely compensated.

“The two parties agreed to settle the matter out of court and the BFA compensated Tshosane ultimately,” the source revealed.

According to the source, the BFA was of the view that the matter will dig down the association coffers if it persisted before the courts and thus sought an amicable solution.

The news of the settlement was confirmed by the BFA mouthpiece Tumo Mpatane. Speaking in an interview, the BFA PRO said the association was always willing to pay the gaffer but was hampered by financial challenges.

“Tshosane remains one of the iconic figures of Botswana football and we respect his contribution to local football. He will always be honoured for his contribution and dedication to local football, a real soldier of football and it was only honourable that we cordially resolve our differences out of court,” said Mpatane.

He revealed that negotiations to find an amicable solution to the matter had been ongoing for a long while before it was finally agreed.

“Since last year we have been in negotiations with the coach to conclude the matter out of court and we are now excited that both parties agreed and the association has since arranged terms of payment that commenced December last year,” Mpatane revealed.

For his part, Tshosane also confirmed the out of court settlement and revealed he has since started receiving his dues.

“I have since received terminal benefits payment and I am still waiting for contractual payments which are still being addressed. The matter raised was that I was sacked mid way on my contract and expectation was that the BFA settle the bill of the remaining months of the contract,” Tshosane told Sunday Standard.

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