Nato saga continues

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 29 March 2016   |   By Ontametse Sugar

Things took quite an interesting turn at the Mochudi Centre Chiefs/Township Rollers case with Chiefs doing everything possible to try and prove that Ofentse Nato and Terence Mandaza were defaulters. Chiefs’ Gabriel Kanjabanga and Clifford Mogomotsi came up against Rollers’ Khumoyame Masonya and Kgosiitsile Nyakaagae. The DC on Thursday afternoon was chaired by Busang Manewe. Both teams were supposed to make submissions on Wednesday but that did not happen as Chiefs asked for adjournment to get time to write down their response to Rollers since they did not have electricity and also because they had just been served with an affidavit from the Botswana Premier League. When making their submissions Chiefs said Rollers used Mandaza and Nato who were in excess of the club quota needed which is 25, while Rollers registered 28 players.

Chiefs said they are now not concerned about them being used or about their merits of registration but rather because they exceeded the registration quota of 25 players. “We don’t have a problem with them but if when they were registered they did not exceed the quota then we would not be having this protest,” Mogomotsi said. This is because Mandaza and Nato were both registered in February out of the transfer window. He said as Chiefs they have been compliant with the number of players required for registration per team. Mogomotsi said in the list supplied by Rollers they have 28 registered players while according to the premier league papers the number goes up to 32 which is a contradiction but still in excess.

Chiefs’ said Nato and Mandaza were defaulters because Rollers not only breached the registered players’ limit but also used them in games. When questioned by the DC Rollers admitted that they have 28 players registered. Nyakaagae argued that there is no order as to who is the 26th player or 27th player, and that is why he cannot understand why Chiefs choose to call Nato and Mandaza defaulters. Nyakaagae said Chiefs were in the same situation before and as such doesn’t see why they should contest only because it is convenient for them this time around. This excited Kanjabanga who fumed even if they were in the same situation before no team contested, and that does not make it right. He said as for them they contested because they cannot just let Rollers get away with it. The DC deferred judgement to a later date.