18 September 2018

Botswana: Gu to Rope in Zakhem

Gaborone — Gaborone United new chairperson says they are looking into bringing back their former investor Nicholas Zakhem to stabilise the club's finances.

In an interview, Boitumelo Nsunge said they have already received Zakhem's proposal in which he has requested that he be given control of the club for 15 years.

On the other hand, Zakhem said he was ready to help the club, which has recently been marred by financial woes.

He thus promised to build a stadium for the club, buy a bus and pay players without fail.

Previously, Zakhem was given a 51 per cent stake of the club.

"It pains me to see GU in this state fully knowing I can rescue the team. I want to make it clear that the stadium and the bus that I have promised to buy will remain the property of GU," he said.

Furthermore, Zakhem said his proposal to GU was not cast in stone as it could be further discussed, adding if the national executive committee needed more explanation and assurance, they would both look at the bigger picture.

He said his desire was to see the agreement favourable to GU and its supporters, and he was not expecting to generate any profit from helping the club.

Meanwhile, the club held its elective annual general assembly on September 15 where a new committee was ushered in.

Among the club's woes was the recent penalty which saw it being docked three points for failing to pay their former player, Ghanaian striker, Bismark Appiah close to P400 000 for terminating his contract without compensation.

At the end of last season, GU players were up in arms demanding their wages and threatening to boycott games.

The situation was worsened by the resignation of the then chairperson, Rapula Okaile, leaving the club in limbo.

Sensing trouble, GU members at their meeting in Palapye resolved that the team should be handed to the committee elders for three months as per the constitution.

The elders were given the task to stabilise the club and to prepare for the annual general assembly.

Since assuming office, the committee of elders had managed to rekindle their relationship with Old Mutual, this time as technical sponsors as well as paying Appiah and the FIFA charges.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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