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Rollers, BFA clash over players

Publishing Date : 05 August, 2019


The relationship between premiership champions, Township Rollers and Botswana Football Association (BFA) is growing ever more precarious.

At the centre of the cracking issue is Rollers players who dominate the core of the Senior National Team, Zebras. At the close of last week as the national team was on camp, this publication learns that Rollers wrote a couple of letters to the football association asking for the release of their players, contesting that they have a far taxing assignment  of the CAF champions league. Rollers have been drawn against Young African of Tanzania in the preliminary stage of CAF champions’ league. The team will travel to Tanzania on the 10th of August and second leg will be played in Gaborone the following week.

It is said what further motivated Rollers to approach the association was the realisation that some of the players were (are) not necessarily part of Coach Mogomotsi Mpote’s plans. Rollers singled out the case of left back Kaone van der Westhuizen who was left at the stands when the senior national team played goalless draw against Zambia in    African Nations Championship (CHAN) 2020 qualifier last week. There are six Rollers players who have since been called to the camp. However, BFA is said to have out rightly refused to heed Rollers far cry stating that all Zebras international assignment are important. This, they mean that they were unable to release players as per Rollers’ request.

While BFA‘s refusal seems to have hurt Rollers think tanks, the association’s newly appointed general manager for all national teams, Monnakgotla Mojaki says he working around the clock to make sure that the association enjoys a healthy relationship with Rollers and the rest of premier league teams.



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