Drama surrounding the decorated midfielder Ofentse Nato is finally over after the Disciplinary Committee dismissed case by Gilport Lions in which they protested his signing by Township Rollers. The committee dismissed the protest in its entirety, holding that Nato was properly registered in terms of regulation 6(1) of the FIFA regulations on the status and transfer of players. Busang Manewe, the DC chairman said that there were no compelling reasons why the BPL should not have registered Nato outside the registration period. He said Gilport failed to demonstrate why Nato’s right to earn a living through playing football should be interfered with under the guise of the integrity of the competition. “We do not find any justification as to why Nato should be denied the opportunity to earn a living and to be of service to his new club and most importantly to be match fit and be able to be of value to this nation by contributing to the game of football and the national team, the Zebras,” he said.
He said there was no fraud at all by BPL in handling Nato’s case. Nato was happy at the end that the drama was over. Even though it became as a shock for him to sign with Township Rollers considering that Gaborone United have always been his home Nato said that was done amicably. He said that when he was released from Atletico De Kolkota his agent went first to GU and told them that the player is free and they should negotiate to sign him. He trained with GU in January but when no agreement was reached between the two parties, he even went back to his hometown. GU had felt that there could not afford him since they were not chasing any big trophy. “I then went back home where I received a call from Township Rollers wanting to sign me,” he said. Not seeing himself playing for any other team other than GU, he then asked Rollers to give him two to three days to think. He went back to the management of GU who advised him accordingly and told him to sign with Rollers if he is happy with the offer that they were giving him.
“GU will always be in my heart and it will always be home,” he said. He rather said having accepted that he is now with Rollers he will make sure that he gives them his all and help them in the quest to win both the league and the Mascom Top 8 if given the chance.