BMC’s plan to beef up squad choked before start of season
The name Motlakase Power Dynamos is not about to be forgotten in the be Mobile Premier League; at least not yet. The Palapye outfit’s departure from the league was without incidence as the team questioned the legality of their relegation. Now with the commencement of the 2011-2012 season billed for this Saturday Dynamos are involved in yet another row. This time it involves Lobatse Meat Commission Football Club and the two players they have recruited from the relegated Dynamos.
BMC recruited the duo of midfielder Hillary Madzivanyika and Lesego Lubinda and Voice Sport has learnt that the Lobatse outfit is yet to pay Dynamos for the players.
“People take us for granted; I don’t know if it is because we are small club from Palapye and everybody thinks they can get away with anything,” charged Dynamos Public Relations Officer Monty Gagomokgwa.
Gagomokgwa said BMC has been playing hide and seek ever since the duo started training with them. He lamented that while all along they expected money to exchange hands, BMC changed tact and questioned the validity of the duo’s contracts with their former club. The issue has since been reported to the Players Status Committee.
“It is unfortunate that football officials in this country are fond of listening to what players say instead of talking to the right people. BMC officials should come to us and not tell us what those two players are saying,” said Gagomokgwa.
The fiery spin doctor said if BMC are not willing to pay up they can forget about using the pair in their opening fixture this Sunday against BDF XI.
“If they don’t pay up, there is no how we are going to release the players’ books,” he said.
Meanwhile BMC Chairman Sonny “Junior” Phiri told Voice Sports that from their interpretation of the FIFA and BFA statutes the players are free agents.
“The contracts that Motlakase is talking about are not valid. FIFA Article 18 and BFA Section 22 clearly states that a contract of each player should be aligned with the playing season,” said Phiri.
Phiri sounded confident that the Status Committee would rule in their favour, thus clearing the players to debut for Chico Nare’s charges in the Sunday opener against BDF XI.
The contracts of both Lubinda and Madzivanyika are said to be running until August 21 this year something that does not seat well with the BMC executive.
“It is important to for football officials to know that football is a livelihood for these players and what Motlakase is doing is taking food away from these guys which is unfair,” lamented Phiri.