9 August 2018

Botswana: Former Sankoyo Assistant Coach Cries Foul

Maun — Sankoyo Bush Bucks former assistant coach, Tiiso Gadimang has expressed disappointment over the delay by the club to pay the P300 000 it owes him for the past four seasons.

It seems the youthful but experienced coach, who worked tirelessly for the team's promotion to the elite league, has been volunteering his services as he had never enjoyed the benefits of his work.

Gadimang revealed in an interview that the club owed him a huge amount of money for the four seasons despite the good service he rendered.

He said the management had been focusing on the welfare of the head coach and players to his detriment.

He said he made efforts to engage them over the debt, but nothing changed as they always promised to pay when they got money.

The disgruntled coach appreciates that the club has been struggling financially, but believes that from the little they generated, they could have paid him something to make ends meet.

"I wrote several letters to management demanding my dues but in vain. Now I am left disgruntled and confused as there is no sign that I will get my money," he added.

Gadimang suspects that management took advantage of his kindness as he always aimed to see Ngurungu, as the team is affectionately called, survive relegation.

Some sources who preferred to remain anonymous stated that the soft spoken coach played a key role in recruiting quality players and also assisting them with his resources where necessary.

They said he also used to calm and advice players they threatened to boycott training over unpaid dues.

"This young man had the team at his heart as he strived hard to satisfy players and see the team honouring away games and remaining in the league," said one of the sources.

Meanwhile, there are reports that some supporters had called on the management to retain Gadimang and appoint him head coach following the departure of the former coach, Philani Mabhena who resigned at the end of the season.

Gadimang admitted that some members of management approached him on the said assignment, but pointed out that they did not reach an agreement.

He said the issue was still on the table, as his priority was to discuss how he would be paid the money he was owed, adding that he was not interested in the new assignment.

Secondly, he said the team did not participate in pre-season games, adding that to assemble a new squad required time.

For his part, the club chairman, Itumeleng Kelebetseng admitted that they owed Gadimang and stated that they could not pay him due to financial constraints.

He said they had made an arrangement on how to pay him.

On the issue of appointing him head coach, Kelebetseng said they were eyeing him as he was capable, adding that they had already approached him on the issue but negotiations were not yet finalised.

"We are optimistic that our negotiations will go well and we are looking forward to working with him," he said.

Sankoyo is expected to host Miscellaneous for the first encounter at Maun Sports Complex on 18 August.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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