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FIFA to rescue Makgantai

Publishing Date : 06 November, 2017


Skillful attacker Onkabetse ‘Major’ Makgantai’s quandary to feature in the BTC Premiership’s 2017/18 campaign is about to put to bed as the matter is now in the hands of Botswana Football Association (BFA) and Federation of International Football Association (FIFA).

This comes after Orapa United, through the player’s agent, Dumisani flew to Kinshasa to meet with club President, Gabriel Amisi Kumba to engage each other on the matter and conclude negotiations that have dragged on for months now. Information from the ‘Ostriches’ suggests that indeed Makgantai’s debacle is water under the bridge. Now, BFA according to the team’s media liaison Kabo Williams, should write a convincing letter to the Zurich based football headquarters to “show cause why the player should be registered outside the transfer window”. BFA’s transfer window closed in August, while the DRC’s is still open.

“We have written to FIFA informing them that we resolved the impasse with AS VITA, and we requested that he be allowed to play. That’s when they said we should liaise with our FA to write them a letter as to why the player should be registered outside the transfer window,” Williams said.

FIFA is expected to weigh the reason(s) before giving the association the green light to register the 22 year old football wizard. The player could have started the season with the Ostriches but commotion erupted as to why he was being registered outside the transfer window. AS VITA were blamed for refusing to furnish Orapa with the International Transfer Certificate (ICT) hence the player could not play. He has been training and getting monthly dues pending the matter.

AS VITA, according to Williams was reluctant to release the ITC as the player was moving on a loan deal. It is through the recent negotiations that they have issued it, “but remember that the window is still open on their side but here it has been closed that is what caused us some hiccups,” he revealed. Initially the player was expected to pen a two year contract with Orapa United, but VITA instead preferred to sign a one year loan deal with United for the player.

Meanwhile, the 22 year old is not in the squad list for this season. More over the player is annoyed by the management style of the team and will rather go without playing football than to play in the Linafoot League. “He is lamenting that he was last paid in June and since then he has not been paid. Even his signing on fee was not paid in full as he only got half of it, and he is not willing to go back because he might be deployed to the lower division side in which welfare for the players is perilous,” the soft spoken media liaison told this paper.



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