Gaborone United has written a formal complaint to Garankuwa United citing a breach of contract on their contractual agreement concerning Noah Maposa. GU sold Maposa to the South African club on a two year deal during the off season transfer window for an undisclosed fee.
This publication has established that Garankuwa are yet to pay the full transfer fee; they pleaded with Moyagoleele to add certain clauses to the contract in order to compensate for their unwillingness to match GU’s valuation of the goalkeeper.
GU and Garankuwa agreed that the player would join the latter on the condition that the Gaborone club would be given the first option of re-signing him if he opts to leave. However, the club was surprised to find out that Maposa has recently joined Township Rollers, a transfer they feel Garankuwa operated without their permission.
“We want to clarify that we are not contesting Rollers’ decision to sign Maposa, we do not have a problem with Rollers or Maposa. Our main concern is Garankuwa’s failure to honour the contractual deal we had. We were supposed to be given the first option to sign him as per our agreement,” GU’s secretary general, Herbert Letsebe stated.
“Noah was under contract when Garankuwa approached us, he had signed a new three year deal with us. They desperately wanted to sign him at a smaller transfer fee than we had planned, the player was keen to move and we could not stand in his way,” he added.
“They have not submitted the whole transfer fee, they still owe us half of the fee. Another clause we had in place was that we would have been entitled to a certain percentage of his transfer fee if he moves to a bigger Premier Soccer League or overseas club during his time with Garankuwa. We wrote an official letter notifying them of our displeasure in relation to the contractual breach, we have consulted our lawyers and we will contact them again,” Letsebe stressed.
Garankuwa are yet to respond to the letter according to GU. The Botswana Football Association and the South African Football Association approved Maposa’s move from Garankuwa to Rollers last week.