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Drago drags GU to FIFA over debt

Publishing Date : 30 April, 2018

Author : KETUMILE RAMATITI

It does not rain but pours for the beleaguered Gaborone United as once again the team is facing the claws and jaws of Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) over debt of former coach, Dragojlo Stanojlović.


The reds who are teetering on the verge of bankruptcy are already in bad books of FIFA as they are expected to pay another US$39,000 for unilaterally terminating their former striker Appiah Bismarck’s contract. The club board had consulted its lawyers and wrote back to FIFA, requesting for an extension of the payment deadline for a further 3-6 months. The initial deadline was April 3. Initially he was the team’s Technical Director before GU parted ways with their then gaffer Rahman Gumbo where he then assumed full responsibility of the technical bench.


“Drago was to get P25, 000 per month in a two years contract, he asked the then chairman Rapula Okaile as to why they don’t adjust the contract since the responsibilities had changed and he was promised, but in vain. What is surprising is he then went on for 19 months without pay until he left the club unceremoniously in 2016,” a source close to the developments said.


Before Drago engaged his Serbian based lawyer on the matter and subsequently writing to FIFA last year, he was negotiating with the team on how best to put the matter to bed and not considering the FIFA route. “They talked and he was saying if they assured him he will not go to FIFA and even after writing to them he was ready to withdraw the case but the dilly-dallying by the team coerced him to,” said a source.


It is said the cosmetic dealings by the team forced him to submit a letter to FIFA which has since written to the team. The team has since acknowledged the receipt of the FIFA letter and say prior to that they were negotiating with Drago on how to pay him. “We know about that and we are still carrying our own investigations because there are rumours that by the time he was sitting on the bench he did not have a work permit. But yes we did agree with him on the payment plan but we are still engaging our advisor on how to deal with it,” club chairperson Boitumelo Nsunge said.


The negotiations were to pay Drago in a space of two months. When contacted for comment the Serbian could not be drawn into discussing the matter further but said: “All the teams in Botswana owe me and yes I have a case with GU and Sankoyo. Only Township Rollers is honouring the contract we agreed,” he said. Sources at Gaborone United say the club has a maximum of P 300 000 in its account.


GU is slowly sliding down the log with only 39 points from 25 matches. The team is languishing on fifth position.  It is widely publicized that the team, if nothing changes, will lose its quality players. The team’s top two strikers, Teenage Orebonye and Thatayaone Kgamanyane are likely to dump the club for greener pastures. Also on the move is Kabelo Seakanyeng who has played a starring role for the club for a long time Drago arrived in Botswana in 2013 mentoring Mochudi Centre Chiefs; he later joined Extension Gunners, GU, and Sankoyo before moving to Rollers.

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