After failing to live to their target, Extension Gunners have now settled for a Top 8 finish this season. At the beginning of the season the Lobatse-based outfit had set a target to be among teams challenging for the be-MOBILE Premier League championship but things have not gone as they had planned.
Gunners’ chairperson Kitso Dlamini said in an interview this week that they are aiming to finish in Top 8 bracket and then go back to the drawing board to find what went wrong. Dlamini admitted that the team failed to deliver their target this season. “At the moment we cannot tell what derailed the team since we have not yet done a full evaluation on the situation,” explained Dlamini.
Gunners started this season very well and looked set to achieve their targets. However, things began taking twist with reported fallout between the financiers and Dlamini. Even though Gunners management dismissed the reports, the fallout affected the club.
Poor performance of the team resulted in the mysterious parting ways with coach Dragojlo Stanojlovic. Players also reportedly went without pay for a month and this contributed to the poor performance of the team. Dlamini confirmed that the players were not paid in the past month. He, however, said it is the only month the players did not receive their dues.
The soft-spoken chairman revealed that this was as a result of low cash flow the club has been experiencing recently. He pointed out that they depend mostly on businesses to support them financially and on grants from Botswana Premier league which they have not received for the past three months. “We have not received the monthly grants for the past three months and this has affected our cash follow. However, we are doing all necessary to avoid incidents of not paying players in future. We have talked to the players and they understand the situation,” he said.
Dlamini believes that everything will be sorted out in due course. He however said at the moment they are not giving up as they are doing all they can to attain the Top 8 finish this season.
With only six games left to the end of the league, the Calvin Peterson coached team is on position seven on the log with 36 points, only two points ahead of arch rivals BMC Football Club. The two teams met in the fight for Lobatse control and shared the spoils mid-week. The game ended in a zero-all draw.