Rollers count losses

SHARE   |   Monday, 20 June 2016   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang
Township Rollers supporters at one of the club's game Township Rollers supporters at one of the club's game

The 11th hour postponement of the play-off match between Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Township Rollers has left the teams reeling from heavy expenses. The move came as astonishment to Rollers officials following the efforts they put up to prepare for the game. On its own the game was always bound to bring expenses to the teams, since the league had ended and players were on break. Efforts had to be made by the teams to recall their players for the game which they did not plan for. Rollers secretary Khumoyame Masonya said they had worked very hard to prepare for the game only to be told it was postponed on the day it was supposed to be played. The Chief/Rollers game set for Wednesday only for Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) to call it off at the last minute. The BNSC intervened to ensure that the national team – the Zebras – got all the players needed for the encounter against Namibia in the COSAFA Cup this weekend.

Masonya pointed out they incurred cost in preparing for the game and it was unfortunate that it was cancelled, with them only learning of the postponement on the day the match was supposed to be played. “We had to recall the players from their break and pay for their transport. Even the coach was out of the country we had to buy a plane ticket for him to come back for the game,” said Masonya. They had camped at Masa Hotel before the game and had paid all expenses. “This is something far beyond our control and we had to obey it,” said Masonya. A statement signed by BFA Chief Executive Officer Kitso Kemoeng revealed that the match is postponed indefinitely. “BFA wishes to thank Botswana Premier League and their clubs Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Township Rollers for going an extra mile to support the match never mind the fact that it now has been postponed,” read the statement. It is not clear when the game will be played as it has been postponed indefinitely.