- Union against Rollers’ stance not to play players
- Says they should wait due process of the law
- Shah argues players broke the team’s code of conduct
The Football Union of Botswana (FUB) has come out of the woods and categorically condemned Township Rollers’ president Jagdish Shah’s position not to pay his two players Mthokozisi Msomi and Joel Mogorosi for a month after ‘violating the team’s code of conduct’.
The two players’ case emanate from their unflattering behaviour in a BTC Premiership encounter against Tafic a fortnight ago. Already the BFA has suspended the players from all football activities together with TAFIC’s Samuel Phiri who too was embroiled in a bitter fight during the match.
While the national association is still pushing investigations, Rollers have taken a somehow acrimonious stance on the players. “We acknowledge that there were incidents of indiscipline perpetuated by the above players but that should not take away the right of the players to be represented and heard before the decision is meted against them as there might be another side to the story,” FUB legal advisor Puso Motlhabane said.
The union, which is passionate on players welfare matters though have not yet taken a stand, is expected to meet with the club to see how best to deal with the issue as players are likely to suffer. The union emphasised the need for the team to follow procedure. “Talent without discipline is useless. However when meting out such discipline on your players it is important to always follow the due process of the law before making a decision,” Motlhabane added.
On the other hand Shah is unshaken on his position. “We have a three page Code of Conduct document signed by our players and these two have violated it.” He further said the reaction of his two players was uncalled for since Phiri was already given marching orders by the match official. The moneyed businessman praised Edwin Moalosi for being calm and not retaliating even though he was a victim of a violent situation. “He is a very disciplined boy,” said Shah.
“Our players Joel Mogorosi and Mthokozisi Msomi were summoned by our club president Mr Jagdish Shah for a disciplinary discussion today at the Rollers head office in regards to the violent misconduct that had happened at the Township Rollers FC vs TAFIC SC League game on the 24th January 2018, with both players receiving red cards during that game, handing Township Rollers FC a major team selection setback during two crucial cup games. Both Joel Mogorosi and Mthokozisi Msomi hereby have been suspended by Township Rollers FC for a month with “NO SALARY PAYABLE”, reads part of the statement from the club.
According to the team’s spokesperson Bafana Pheto, Shah was furious in that meeting to the extent of asking the duo show cause why he should pay them whilst they are not playing.