The Township Rollers and Zebras assistant captain Ofentse Nato says to some extent he feels guilty of the current impasse between the Botswana Premier League (BPL) and Township Rollers. Following a protest by Gilport Lions, Nato was ruled as a defaulter by the Botswana Football Association (BFA) National Disciplinary Committee that ordered that three points and two goals should be docked from Township Rollers as a way of paying for their ill doing. Following the BFA appeals board’s decision, BPL acting chairman Rapula Okaile declared that Rollers should not be docked 3 points and two goals but 10 points and 8 goals.
Nato said on Friday that the ongoing issue is affecting him negatively. “To some extent I feel guilty of what is currently happening. Look where I found Rollers when I came and look at the kind of mess they are currently in. This is not only affecting me mentality only but it is also affecting me physically as I need game time as a national team player. However, as a professional player I have learnt not to blame myself or anyone from Township Rollers as they were given a go ahead by the BPL administration to register and play me,” he said.
Nato is not playing as his ICT was called off due to the fact that both his ICT and contract were issued and signed when the transfer window was closed. “As Footballers Union Botswana (FUB) we believe Nato has nothing to with this - it is just an administrative lapse. We have written to BFA so they can clear the air for us regarding the ongoing issue affecting our player,” FUB spokesperson Kgosana Masaseng said. Masaseng said that they have sat down with Nato to counsel him psychologically as some people, more especially the Township Rollers supporters are bound to blame him for the saga though he is not the one to blame. He said Nato has also communicated with them that he will contact them whenever he needs their help. Nato said there is no one who can make decisions for him when it comes to playing for the national team. “This issue that is trending of me boycotting national team call ups is devoid of truth,” he said, dismissing allegations that he is planning to boycott the national team.