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Rollers caught off the ball

Publishing Date : 26 June, 2018

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

Award winning Coach, Nikola Kavazovic is faced with a serious danger of losing control of the Township Rollers dressing room following his latest rant with some senior players at the training ground this past weekend.


Rollers sources have revealed to WeekendSport that attacking midfielder, Lemponye Tshireletso together with defender, Mosha Gaolaolwe exchanged harsh words on Saturday as the team reported early to commence preparations for the next season. According to sources, players are furious with the way Kavazovic addresses them, particularly with regards to issues concerning their contracts. It is also believed that the coach’s outburst with the often low lying Tshireletso became the latest straw that broke the camel‘s back, no wonder the player himself stormed out of the training grounds.


Information gleaned from the sources indicates that since winning two domestic championships, the coach now wields unmerited power such that he is even trying to control the players’ salaries. Tshireletso will be out of contract at the end of June and there is growing fear that Kavazovic might influence that he (Tshireletso) does not get a contract extension. Given the ever widening rift between the coach and the player, Tshireletso is however seen as an important player Rollers would not risk losing.


The instrumental player refused repeatedly to honour a reconciliation meeting organized instantly by Rollers President Jagdish Sha over the weekend, sources claim. Further, it is said, Tshireletso wants the coach gone or he will have to jump ship.  Gaolaolwe is also reported to have taken the issue to heart. As others, the former BDF XI defender feels Kavazovic should stop poking his nose on matters that do not concern him ― specifically their salaries.


However, there are sources who claim to thoroughly comprehend the coach’s strategy. They say the Serbian is eager to play a role in helping the team cut costs―a development Rollers financer, Shah approves, being a business man he is. Sources further say that the coach’s latest move is informed by hundreds of Pulas the team has lost in paying two contracted players whom Kavazovic deemed surplus to requirement.  Both players, foreigners, Mthokozisi Msomi and Tshepo Matete are no longer with the club. Each was reportedly earning close to P25 000.


Township Rollers on one hand has to be careful when dealing with contractual matters of players. This is the same issue that risked former Rollers Coach, Mark Harrison‘s job when he decided to cut players’ winning bonuses. It is advised that even Kavazovic, despite his measure of success at the club, might be on his way out. While this crisis is secretly maintained, the cracks at Rollers keep on growing. The club’s longest Secretary General, Khumo Masonya has also tendered his resignation but declined to discuss his sudden move.


Rollers coach could not answer his phone as this paper was going for print, but club media liaison Phemepheretlhe Pheto admitted that the team was knocked down by internal bickering. He however accepted that the club management has talked with involved parties at all have kissed and made up.

“Yes it is true that we had internal problems this week, but I can confidently tell you that we have since came to the bottom of the matter. We have sat down with our coach who has unreservedly apologised to Tshireletso and rightly admitted that the player is an important part in Rollers setup,” he said. Pheto also confirmed that indeed their Secretary General resigned but has since over-turned the resignation following fruitful discussions with the management.

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