Information reaching this publication suggests that Gaborone United striker Tebogo Sembowa’s days may be numbered at the club. This comes after the club had been on a rollercoaster season which was marred by an average performance for a star-studded club, and issues of indiscipline within the club.
According to a highly placed source within the club, Sembowa has not been an easy player to deal with, and they are afraid his attitude may rub-off into other players. Sembowa, who is now regarded as a senior player at the team, is said to have been called to order by the GU management.
“At some point he approached the GU management and asked for a salary increment because he now has a baby, which meant his expenses had increased. Unfortunately the management did not approve his request for fear of setting a precedent,” revealed a source.
GU is also said to be of the view that keeping both Sembowa and Jackie Mothatego has been a difficult task when it comes to managing them.
The arrival of Ntesang Simanyana did not help, because he is also said to be problematic.
With claims that Sembowa may be destined to reunite with his former employer at Township Rollers, GU is said to be so fed up that they are more than willing to release him as soon as they get an offer.
“Not only Sembowa will be affected though, some of the senior players will also be allowed to leave and create space for fresh blood. This is mainly because there is a feeling that with the current crop of players GU should have won at least one cup if not more, and their failure means they have unnecessary excess in the squad,” stressed the source.
The GU secretary-general, Herbert Letsebe, refuted such allegations to the Voice Sport saying they are unfounded and have no base at all. “Why would we release Sembowa? He is part and parcel of our team. I can’t see any local team making a decent enough offer. Furthermore he can only be released when we come back from the season break. Unless the coach feels otherwise but as far as I know Sembowa is part of the coach’s plans,” he noted.
Letsebe added that any other issue pertaining transfers will only be known when the transfer window opens, as they do not want to find themselves on the wrong side of the law.
Meanwhile, former GU coach, Major David Bright, is said to be following the moves of his former player, Jomo Moatlhaping. Moatlhaping parted ways with Gaborone United two months ago after being dropped because of a loss of form, and his inclusion in the team to play Super Sport against the coach’s wishes led to an internal dispute that saw the striker placed on the January transfer list with fifteen months left on his contract.
According to reports, Bright is in negotiations with Cape Town Santos boss, Goolam Allie, about the possibility of him taking over coaching duties. Santos finished fifth in the National First Division with 47 points.
The Cape side is currently being coached by David Notoane, and it is not yet clear what role he will play if Bright does eventually clinch a deal with the club. But indications are that since he knows the culture of the club inside out, he will assist Bright.