Thursday, April 25, 2024

Where is Gift Mogapi?

For years it has been the song for local Premier League teams to turn professional and change from being run like societies.

In that way it would make teams to easily attract sponsorship and even pay the players handsomely.
Even the bosses of South African Premier League teams like Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs encouraged teams to do so because they were in the same situation before.

Gaborone United are the ones who got the ball rolling when they roped in Nicholas Zakhem and it has been almost five years since they turned professional.

Other teams like Township Rollers and Mochudi Centre Chiefs ended up joining the bandwagon as prominent businessmen, Sayeed Jamal and Jack Dish Shar bought some stakes in the teams.
Rollers’ case however is still before the courts of law because some members feel that the acquisition was un-procedural.

The most interesting case was however for relegation threatened Notwane. A self-proclaimed businessman, Gift Mogapi, came on board with all sorts of promises and Notwane envisaged themselves in good hands.

Things slowly turned nasty for Mogapi and Notwane because he could not fulfill his promises.
Apparently he took some money meant for the team for personal use without even putting in a single cent.

At the same time the team starting sinking into debt and Mogapi started playing hide and seek.
Notwane ended up approaching the courts as a matter of urgency for Mogapi to relinquish his shares. The case was not treated as an urgent one and had to be heard at a later stage.

The mother body of the team wrote a letter to him terminating their relationship. Since then, nothing has been heard of Mogapi and it has proven to be difficult to locate him.

It has almost been three months and he has not challenged Notwane’s decision to kick him out of the team. Even Notwane seems unaware of his whereabouts and his intentions.

“We have not heard from him after writing him a letter terminating our relationship. I am not even aware of his whereabouts and even his next move,” said Segolame Ramothwa who was close to the deal.
Notwane currently find themselves in the relegation zone and if they do not win most of their remaining matches they might find themselves in the lower division next season.


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