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GU, Orapa United clash over Moyo

Publishing Date : 13 July, 2015

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE


A fierce fight is looming between Mascom top 8 champions, Gaborone United, and last season’s beMOBILE premier league runners’ up, Orapa United. The two clubs both claim the signature of marksman, Hendrick Moyo, a prolific goalscorer who has on the Orapa United books for the past two seasons.


According to new information the pint size striker signed a two year deal with Gaborone United after he signed a renewal contract with Orapa United on 17 May 2015. The player has been playing for Orapa United for the past two seasons. According to reports, Moyo had already signed a two year deal with the Orapa outfit.


It would seem that the former Extension Gunners marksman was not aware that he was treading in dangerous waters when he agreed to negotiate with both teams at the same time.  However, Football Union Botswana in particular is expected to have their hands full in trying to calm the waters, given the looming storm between the two clubs.


Gaborone United are adamant that they have followed the right procedures in securing the services of the player, ranked number two in  the past premier league scoring charts.  While the Money Machine has boldly maintained that Moyo is their new recruit, there are hurdles to overcome as Orapa United is also tightening their grip on him. “We do not know how GU would claim that Hendrick is their player, we have proof of necessary papers that we agreed to new terms with him,” said an official at the Orapa based team.


However, Orapa United professed being in the dark regarding GU’s talks with Moyo. Further investigations are expected to be instituted and GU could be found to be on the wrong side of the rules.


According to Article 22 of BFA play rules and regulations, the transfer of players should be done in a transparent manner where both clubs have equal knowledge and consent regarding the movement of the player. The article further encourages a recruiting team to communicate to the other team via a formal writing.

It reads, “In the case of an amateur player, inform the club with whom the player is registered, in writing with proof of delivery, of the intention to talk to the player;


An impasse has developed and many are castigating the player for his motives which are hell bent in swindling money of signing on fees. The player altogether refused to talk and repeatedly cut the calls from this publication.


It is indicated that the Mascom top 8 champions are fretting the future as they have already released one of their strikers in Tebogo Sembowa to accommodate Moyo.


The player who rose from the shadows after encountering a bad spell at Extension Gunners scored 14 times in the ended season to earn himself a national cap under head coach Peter Butler.


Orapa United who are proud to have rehabilitated the player are pursuing all possible options of engaging the player and let him realise the danger of tying himself to two clubs. He faces a long season in the sidelines unless an agreement can be reached before the commencement of the new season. Either way, the wrath of the law is threatening to swallow up the talented striker for signing two contracts with two different clubs. 

The Orapa based team is however preparing for the worst case scenario should Moyo slip from their grip. They are reported to be cajoling former Township Rollers star player Manqoba ‘Shakes’ Ngwenya as Madinda Ndlovu is beginning full assessment of the squad.

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