Trouble seems to be looming at Tafic Sporting Club after it emerged that the club has suspended three of their senior players this week. The trio is –Rocky Nkwe, Buyani Kgomotso and Captain Uyapo Tibathuwe –who received their suspension letters on Wednesday evening. However, the number is likely to increase to six if news from sources close to the developments is anything to go with.
Though other two names are still withheld some high profile names keeps on cropping in relation to the suspension. According to a letter which this publication is in possession of Tibathuwe has been suspended from work until further notice pending investigations which the club says they are embarking on . Due to the suspension the captain is further barred from attending the training sessions of the club.
“To be honest I don’t know exactly what I have done wrong because nobody has ever called me for a hearing or complained about anything or any bad behaviour. I was just handed the letter on Wednesday evening after training so I’m just left with assumptions,” said Tibathuwe narrating the ordeal .When quizzed if he is going to appeal the suspension Tibathuwe said he is not going to do that because he already feels unwanted at the team.
“No I’m not going to appeal, clearly I’m not wanted at the club .What I just want is for them to pay me all my dues then I will see what to do. If this was just a suspension I couldn’t have been told to return the training kit so I think they have a plan and I’m being pushed out,” he said.
Of late trouble has been brewing at the Francistown based club ranging from unpaid player salaries and players boycotting training sessions in cry of poor welfare. Late last year a group of Tafic players came together and penned a letter to the management complaining of their poor welfare and unpaid salaries. Ever since then things have never been the same for Machimenyenga.
“Things changed last time when as players we wrote a letter to the management complaining. After that I never played even a single game, even during training I was left out or used in an off position but without any communication as if everything was fine. That’s when I realized that there was an issue about us players who were instrumental in writing the complaint letter. The management called few players and asked them about the letter and my assumption is that those players revealed our names and shared that we were the masterminds behind the letter,” said the 33year old.
When reached for comment Tafic spokesperson Benjamin Raletsatsi confirmed the suspensions but was not willing to divulge more details to the issue.
“We have three players being Rocky Nkwe, Tibathuwe and Buyani Kgomotso who are suspended pending disciplinary hearing. I can’t discuss the issue further because It is a matter of employee and employer relations ,”he said.
According to Raletsatsi, they have further terminated the contract of previous coach Saul Chaminuka because they were not happy with his performance and have roped in Stanley Mwaanga who signed a three year contract.
In other news Forster Machola has also resigned from his position in the club as secretary general to focus on his businesses.