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Rollers new signings miss Kaizer Chiefs tie

Publishing Date : 16 February, 2015


Noah Maposa

Defending Champions Township Rollers are fuming following a delay by the Botswana Football Association to complete registration procedures for four of their key players despite payment having been made on time.

Club co-owner Jagdish Shah said the association is failing to furnish them with resolute answers when they enquire about the report that four of their players are not yet fully registered.  According to Shah, midfield maestro Dirang Moloi and newly acquired goalkeeper Noah Maposa will not play the preliminary stages following the inability of the association to furnish the club with the players’ international transfer certificate.

The touted millionaire is also in sombre moods following the realisation that striker Jerome Ramatlhakwane together with defender Tshepo Motlhabankwe might also not play, and with the local mother body dwindling and not providing convincing answers. 

“I really do not know why the players, especially JJ and Talk-Talk are not appearing in the list yet we did everything on our part to get them registered. We have tried to solicit answers from the association but they seem to be in the dark as well,” he said. However Shah is hopeful that by the time they have to play the second round, the players would be fully registered and able to play. 

“I hope the issue will be sorted out because it also jeopardises the coach’s planning,” he said.

But what further distresses Shah is that he, as the Chief financier of the club was charged a late registration fee for each of the players, which he reveals amounted to approximately P20 000.

According to information reaching Weekend Sport, Ramatlhakwana and Motlhabankwe‘s names were submitted in the second week of January while those of Moloi and Maposa were handed in on the last week of January because the association was still working on their transfer certificates. Dirang is on loan from DRC‘s Don Bosco while Noah Maposa  came as a free agent from Garankuwa United- a team in second tier of South Africa.

Contacted for further clarification, BFA technical director Benny Kgomela maintained they are operating by the book and they have been guided by CAF regulations throughout. He said that, “Rollers first registered 26 players and they were absorbed by the system, and that was done well in time but later, during the last week of January four more players were registered and according to article12 on play registrations, the four cannot play both rounds of the preliminary stages. They will also be barred from playing the first leg of the next round should Rollers proceed from the preliminary stages.”

This therefore means, Jerome, Talk-Talk, Dirang and Noah Maposa are out of Kaizer Chiefs and Rollers game.



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