Gunners’ turnaround?

SHARE   |   Monday, 10 October 2016   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang
Gunners’ turnaround?

After failing to bring on board the much awaited investor to the team, Extension Gunners leadership has roped in Tsa Gae (Pty) Ltd trading as All Kasi to take over management of the club. Gunners and All Kasi have entered a five-year management contract which will see the latter managing the affairs of the team. Extension Gunners chairman, Phenyo Gothaang, revealed that Gunners resolved to shelf the privatisation issue and look for other ways of sponsorships. Gothaang said that is why they approached All Kasi for the management deal. Pressed to reveal what really happened with the investor, he said “due diligence advised us that we could not wait any longer for the investor”. 

It appears that the club’s worsening financial problems needed immediate attention which Gunners leadership attended to by roping in All Kasi. According to Gothaang, negotiations are concluded and are only waiting for a draft contract. “We engaged Rantao Kewagamang attorneys to look into the matter and determine if it is doable according to our constitution,” said Gothaang. After signing the management contract All Kasi will manage Extension Gunners, taking over all the administrative rights of the club even that of appointing technical personnel. Gothaang said they have set a six months transition period while preparing to hand over to All Kasi. This, he said, explains why Gunner Coach Daniel Nare signed a six-month contract with the team.

All Kasi Director Ludo Kemoeng said they want to see Gunners transformed and start winning silverware. As it is an open secret that the Peleng side is broke, Kemoeng said a big club as Gunners must not be seen to be begging. He said they want make the team sustainable. Kemoeng is optimistic that they will turn tables around for Gunners. “I am optimistic that we will turn fortunes around for this team. Sixteen years ago All Kasi did not exist anywhere except in my mind but today it is a household name. The same thing can happen with Gunners,” he said.

They also want to see the team start producing quality players for the national team.  On the other hand Kemoeng is looking forward to use Extension Gunners, which command a great fan base, to revive the social vibe of the town of Lobatse.  He refuses to agree that Lobatse could become a ghost town while Gunners are still in existence.