GU declares team crisis

BONGANI MALUNGA

Gaborone United has officially declared a crisis by handing the club to the elders committee. The Gaborone outfit held a Special General Meeting this past weekend to discuss the state of the club as well as the way forward after a trying season, which has seen the club lose its head coach Rodolfo Zapata on short notice as well as seeing their players terminate their contracts protesting unpaid wages.
The club is still actively pursuing new financiers and they have held discussions with potential investors in recent months. The club is reportedly in need of up to P3 million to solve their financial crisis, they reportedly owe Zapata in excess of P300 000 in unpaid wages.
They also owe players up to four months wages and they were ordered by FIFA to pay former player Bismarck Appiah up to P390 000 for terminating his contract even though he had more than a year left. FIFA ordered Moyagoleele to compensate Appiah for the remainder of his contract, the matter is yet to be solved and it has been temporarily set aside while the club sorts out its financial situation.
Gazette Sport is reliably informed that the club declared a financial crisis and stated that their executive committee was somewhat dysfunctional, this according to sources was enough to hand the team to the club’s esteemed group of elders.
The club exercised Section/Article 10.1 of the club’s constitution which dictates that the club should be handed over to the elders committee if the executive committee can no longer run the day to day affairs of the club. The elders committee is expected to run the club for the next two months with plans already in motion to call for the election of a new executive committee after a couple of months.

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