Management at Mochudi Centre Chiefs have lodged a second protest against Township Rollers for fielding Ofentse Nato.
It has cost Chiefs P10, 000 to formally lodge their complaint against Nato’s transfer and registration, which they believe was not carried out properly, thus making him illegible to play in Saturday’s Mascom Top 8 second leg semi-final.
Spending such a large amount of money on a seemingly hopeless case has not gone down at all well with Chiefs’ players.
They claim that they are not getting paid and are furious at the hierarchy, as they regard the protest as a waste of money which would be better spent elsewhere – namely wages and win bonuses. “This thing is affecting us psychologically and you could tell even our body language during Saturday’s game. We played well, creating chances but we were not hungry for goals. We were supposed to play in CAF games but we pulled out because management claimed there is no money – yet they waste it with protests! If they continue doing this we will not be able defend the league because they are disturbing us,” said a disgruntled player.
Magosi’s original protest against Rollers was unsuccessful because they did not follow the correct procedures.
They were required to lodge their complaint before kickoff of the disputed fixture – the first leg of their semi-final tie – but failed to do so.
However they made sure there would be no repeat mistake second time round, counting out the protest money in full view of the crowd before Saturday’s clash.
The extravagant act did not impress Popa coach Mark Harrison, who described it as ‘playing mind games’ and vowed to carry on picking Nato as he is properly registered. Harrison expressed his disappointment in Chiefs’ management, saying, “Chiefs should just give the money to an orphanage or give it to the street kids instead of wasting it. They need to be more professional, we have been through this case twice through two clubs including them and they lost it.”
The game itself ended 2-0, which meant that a rampant Rollers crushed Chiefs 5-1 on aggregate.
They will meet Orapa United in the final on April 20 after the Ostriches narrowly overcame BDF XI 5-4 on penalties in the other semi-final.