Township Rollers head coach Mark Harrison has criticized Mochudi Center Chiefs for filing yet another protest over the use of Township Rollers midfielder Ofentse Nato. Rollers advanced to the final of the Mascom Top 8 for a record fourth time after defeating the Kgatleng giants 5-1 on aggregate.
Despite his team’s impressive display on the day, the former Chippa United gaffer had a few words unpleasant for his rivals. “I am very disappointed by these guys (Chiefs), why should they be doing this? They have the time and money to come and do all this?,” said Harrison.
The Briton said Chiefs’ efforts would have been appreciated had they donated the money to the needy.
“There are a lot of people who need such money, perhaps if they had donated the money to kids in the streets would had made much sense. They need to be more professional and this is just a waste of their time,” he ended.
National team coach Peter Butler was another who criticized Chiefs and Gilport Lions for launching protests over the use of Nato through a Twitter post just before kick off. “(It would) be good to see Size 10 (Nato) tonight, lets put football first and nonsense second, he is a major player in the Zebras squad, we need him. #Footballfirst,” reads the tweet.
Later Gilport Lions’ management followed with an immediate response saying, “It is unfortunate to see the tweet from the National Coach on the #Nato issue. All we can say is that we have a right to raise any issue that we feel aggrieved on and we will follow all legal steps to pursue of such issues without fear or favor. What may seem as nonsense to the National Coach may not necessarily be nonsense in our books. We do not believe in breaking all the rules in pursuit of an end. Does the fact that #Nato being needed by the National coach exempt him from set rules? This issue is still subject to appeal so its is regrettable that the National Coach could make his views in the public arena so per-maturely.
We consider this an error in judgment and hope it will never be repeated” says the reply.