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Gaborone United clears Appiah debt

Gaborone United (GU) has paid the USD 39 500 (P400, 000) debt which the club owed to their former striker, Bismarck Appiah.

GU secretary general, Dr Kennedy Ramojela confirmed payment of the whole debt on September 7 and explained that the issue was now a closed matter.

“We have paid the final amount we owed Appiah today. We initially paid P100 000 towards the end of August. We have now paid the P300 000, which was outstanding. 

Now the FIFA matter is closed, unless it is a different issue,” Ramojela said.

The Ghanaian-born striker reported the Reds to the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) in 2016 after the club terminated his two year contract barely four months after signing him in the 2015/16 season. 

The FIFA DRC found GU guilty of breach of contract and ruled that the club should pay a compensation of USD 39 500 to the player.

However, the club missed a final FIFA deadline to pay the debt towards the end of last month and was docked three points for their transgression by the world football governing body. 

The ‘Money Machine’ currently sits bottom of the BTC Premiership with minus two (-2) points as a result of the points deduction.

FIFA also pronounced that GU should be demoted to the next lower division of the football pyramid if they had not paid the money by September 26, 2018. 

However, with the ‘Money Machine’ having finally paid the debt, the team’s supporters can now look forward to the season with renewed optimism.

Meanwhile, the club has announced nominees for executive committee positions, which will be contested at the special general assembly in Palapye on Saturday. 

The presidency of the club will be contested by Moreetsi Gaborone, Moffat Mophuting and Lonke Herbert while Boitumelo Nsunge and Judge Mookodi are standing for chairmanship position.

Candidates for the position of secretary general are Donald Seleke, Kgomotso Monageng and Tamocha Lenyeletse, while Onyana Makofane and Alexander Rakhane will contest for the treasurer’s position. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Jeremiah Sejabosigo

Location : Gaborone

Event : Interview

Date : Sep 09 Sun,2018

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