DRC duo still not keen to return
Cercle Sportif (CS) Don Bosco duo Dirang Moloi and Phenyo Mongala are determined to terminate their contracts with the Democratic Republic of Congo based club and have since forwarded their complaints to the Footballers Union of Botswana (FUB). The players have filed numerous complaints which they cite have hindered their progress in their first few months at the club.
Moloi and Mongala have informed the FUB that the conditions in the DRC are not conducive. This publication has learned that the players complained about frequent water shortages during training sessions, which they said at times left them struggling to remain hydrated during training sessions. They revealed that their training venue was deprived of water supply for up to seven days in most cases thus making it difficult for them to train and win a place in the club’s starting line up.
Another complaint filed by the duo is that in the three months before their return to Botswana in December, they received their payments late. The players stated that though they were promised that their monthly wages would be deposited into their accounts at the end of each month, they often received their payments on a mid month basis and this inconvenienced them, according to information from the FUB. Gazette Sport has also established that the players have not been paid during the Linafoot League’s mid-season break.
“The general practice in world football is that players have to be paid during mid season and post season break; that is part of every professional footballer’s contract. They have not enjoyed their contractual rights so far. We have met the players and they have voiced their complaints. Their aim is to terminate their contracts and they have also sent a letter to the DRC players union notifying them of their ordeal,” explained Kgosana Masaseng, the FUB spokesperson.
Masaseng also disclosed that since October last year, the players were ordered to pay their own rent despite the initial contract terms which stated that the club would cover the players’ transport and accommodation payments throughout their five year. However, CS Don Bosco has chosen to renege on their initial agreement.
Safety is another concern for the duo as they have stated that the Lubumbashi area poses a threat to all its residents as it is prone to violence and military attacks. The FUB have revealed that a violent outbreak that left 24 people dead two months ago traumatized the former Mochudi Centre Chiefs players.
When reached for comment Moloi referred this reporter to the footballers union.
Meanwhile, Jerome Ramatlhakwane has decided to return to the club to avoid being suspended by the club. Meanwhile, the FUB have also stated that Don Bosco’s Ghanaian goalkeeper has also refused to return to the club.