Attitudes are hardening at Township Rollers driving right through the country’s most followed soccer side. On one side are those that believe the club’s future has been secured following the recent election of new executive committee while on the other side there are those that are determined to go to every extreme to reclaim their team.
Spokesperson for the concerned followers of Rollers who were barred from attending the Annual General Meeting of the club, Ken Tshupelo said they are awaiting a court date after registering a contempt of court charge against the team’s old executive that failed to implement all the rulings made by Justice Leatile Dambe with regard to the functioning of a Society.
Tshupelo said their lawyer has already written to Rollers’ new executive committee asking them to declare the outcome of their AGM null and void since procedure was not followed. The concerned group was due to meet the elected executive at the Registrar of Societies office on Wednesday for further mediation on the matter. Tshupelo’s committee sees the move by the new committee to hive off the team to an investor as being premised on unfavourable terms.
“We have written to the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) because it is their person who is at the centre of our crisis,” said Tshupelo, adding that they have gotten all material evidence that they have been looking for to demonstrate that the Dambe ruling has never been respected.
“As we talk the team still does not have a bank account or any traceable address of its office. This is what is expected of properly functioning Societies. As it stands there is a high chance that the club will be de-registered,” he warned.
Asked where they get the appetite and resources to fight and even go to court for the club, Tshupelo said concerned members are using their personal resources.
While the majority of the previous Rollers executive was retained during elections on January 30, members of the concerned group that had taken the club to court were banished.
When the team lost to lowly placed BR Highlanders in the run-up to the AGM tempers flared with physical confrontations which resulted with heavy security deployed at the AGM. Tshupelo said while the last formal record of the team’s followers stood at 10 000, less than 1000 people participated at the recent AGM, saying it brings into question the legality and credibility of the meeting.