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Ex- GU players return home

Publishing Date : 07 January, 2019


South African football market continues to turn down local bred players as Chippa United is reported to have activated release clauses of both Kabelo Seakanyeng and Thatayaone kgamanyane.  There is strong possibility that the duo will soon return home after kicking Chippa United ball for a period not exceeding six months.

Sources here and elsewhere told WeekendSport that Chippa United is facing serious financial meltdown and as a last resort, a total of 10 players –a number dominated by foreigners- have been released, to cut costs. Seakanyeng and Kgamanyane are therefore the fall guys as the club starts to wield the axe. Both players signed three year deals with the club last year July after impressing at the annual COSAFA Castle Cup tournament. The two were signed from Gaborone United (GU) where Chippa paid a total of P2 million.

It is said Seakanyeng is too, battling over powering dilemma as he refuses to accept a 6 months settlement.  On one hand, Kgamanyane is mum over the frustrating situation of coming home. Both were earning around P 80 000 before tax. As things stand, Chippa United is under administration- a far demeaning situation that means that the club’s finances are monitored by the court while PSL is also intervening.

It is noted that PSL gives clubs R2 million a month for purposes of self-administration. How Chippa’s finances hit a red mark is yet to be established, but what is known is that the club gets a total of R10 million per year from Nelson Mandela Municipality, the government of the Eastern Cape. The Eastern Cape government relocated Chippa United from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth so that they can be activity at the world cup stadium built in PE.

However, reports state that Nicholas Zakhem, GU’s chief financer is fighting tooth and nail to sign back the players into GU fold.  He is expected to face an uphill challenge as big spenders Rollers are quietly monitoring the situation. Already there is open secret that Kgamanyane, also known as Messi is refusing to return to GU, leaving a pendulum swinging in favor of Rollers. As the two players are contemplating over this taxing situation, they are also asked to exhaust all lingering possibilities of playing in SA than rushing back to Botswana football.

Given conditions facing them, they know that it will never be easy to further pursue options particularly that they dumped their agent Olebile Sikwane late last year. The players were furious that their signing on fees came as late as November instead of July as agreed on their contracts. They felt that their agent did not fight for them but was only after money.

They further accused him of treating GU with kid’s gloves as the team failed to pay them their outstanding dues. Of the most uncompromising player was Kgamanyane. He even felt that he was taken to a wrong club as he was deprived of game time- a scenario that also risked his position at the senior national team.



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