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Botswana threaten to strike over payment ahead of Africa Cup of Nations

Posted: 10 January 2012 Time: 2:32 pm

There is discontent brewing in the Botswana squad ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations, owing to a payment dispute, and two of the country's best players have been left at home.

Botswana's Player of the Season, Edwin Olerile, and the Supporters' Player of the Year, Skhana Koko, have been left out of Stanley Tshosane's 23-man squad, much to the surprise of Batswana fans.

The coach named his squad on Sunday, and they departed this morning for Yaounde, Cameroon, where they will camp ahead of travelling to Gabon, having cancelled a camp in Qatar at the last minute because of funding problems.

The players had refused to train on Thursday and Friday, but did play a scheduled friendly against Zimbabwe on Saturday, which ended 0-0.

The country's president had also called on the team to "put the nation's interest" ahead of their own.

The payment row began in December, when the players demanded 100,000 Pula (+/-R108 000) from the Botswana FA for every member of the final 23-man squad, plus a R16 000 bonus per win, and R8 000 per draw for the group stages.

The squad also asked for a P35,000 (R38 000) incentive for each player should they progress to the knock-out stages, and an increase in their daily allowance from P100 (R108) to P500 (R540) per night.

SuperSport United's Dipsy Selolwane told the BBC: "It's disappointing that at the last minute before we travel, players are still uncertain about the bonuses.

"As much as [we were asking for] a small amount of money, they should be able to manage it without blinking but that proposal was turned down and we were given an ultimatum that either we stay or we go home.

"So we feel that we were not treated right."

But on Sunday Botswana's President Ian Khama urged the players "to put the nation's interests ahead of their own".

SuperSport's Mogogi Gabonamong, a leading figure in the Botswana national team, apparently had a private meeting with BFA CEO Duncan Kgame, Khama and Minister of Sport Shaw Kgathi before the squad departed.

Today, BFA president David Fani told The Monitor: "We will issue a statement how the players would be remunerated, we think the issue has been addressed but rather wait for the staement."

Meanwhile, Tshosane has included injured captain Mompathi Thuma in his final squad for the Nations Cup, but has left out speed merchant Skhana Koko, who has been in a similar situation.

Koko is touted as the next big thing in Botswana football, and his omission has disappointed and surprised the country.

Botswana squad: Goalkeepers: Modiri Marumo (Bay United, South Africa), Noah Maposa (Gaborone United), Kabelo Dambe (Rollers)

Defenders: Mompathi Thuma (BDF XI), Ndiyapo Letsholathebe (Police XI), Musa Ohilwe (Gaborone United), Mosimanegape Ramohibidu (BMC), Monametsi Kelebale (NICO), Tshepo Motlhabankwe (Mochudi Centre Chiefs)

Midfielders: Mogogi Gabonamong (SuperSport United, South Africa), Joel Mogorosi, Pontsho Moloi, Othusitse Pilane (all Mochudi Centre Chiefs), Boitumelo Mafoko (Santos, South Africa) Ofentse Nato (Gaborone United), Phenyo Mongala (Bloemfontein Celtic, South Africa), Patrick Motsepe, Tshireletso (BDF XI), Mogakolodi Ngele (Rollers)

Strikers: Jerome Ramatlhakwane (unattached), Diphetogo Selolwane (SuperSport, South Africa), Onalethata Tshekiso (Rollers), Moemedi Moatlhaping (Bay United, South Africa)

Previous comments on this story...

Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 03:03 pm
"The payment row began in December, when the players demanded 100,000 Pula (+/-R108 000) from the Botswana FA for every member of the final 23-man squad, plus a R16 000 bonus per win, and R8 000 per draw for the group stages".

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Now these amateurs from Botswana are pushing their luck too far. R108 000 appearance fee plus bonuses ? Being neighbours of South Africa does not mean you should behave like South Africans bloody bushmen !

J-one
posted: 03:13 pm
T-zozo...grow up!
Vico_Mahoota
posted: 03:42 pm
Hey wena moron Tzozo, thats an insult to us Batswana, we know that issue therefore you dont have spit that sh***t to us, but atleast you must be greatfull that Botswana is goin to represent you at Afcon.
" Being neighbours of South Africa does not mean you should behave like South Africans ****** bushmen !"
Being like you in what?


Anonymous
posted: 04:01 pm
The IDIOTS of South Africa should just shut up becoz we talking about AFCON finals not som friendly with India, u sweat to get there, no wonder you guys failed.... Not to mention reading them rules
Anonymous
posted: 04:13 pm
Probably it will be the last time they take part in the major tournament and yet they act like pre madonnas,they should grab this opportunity.stupids they should enjoy it while it last as the next time is not promised
rox
posted: 04:15 pm
thala monna Tzozo, go say that bull to ur role models! u get me punk as@ madafucka! mr editor olerile was not there in stan's team which camped in rasternberg, so plis get ur facts ryt before u ryt all this tjatjarag
rox
posted: 04:18 pm
yet another moron talks without thinking of his country first@obitseng. u r 1 stupid ful and to think u enjoy ur country qualifying thru hosting tournaments. sweep ur yard 1st before u run to sweep others fooool!
GPBW IS BACK
posted: 04:29 pm
THE FIRST TEAM TO QUALIFY WILL BE THE FIRST TO BE KNOCKED OUT!
THEY SHOULD LET BAFANA REPRESENT THEM CZ THEY WILL NEVER WIN OR DRAW A SINGLE GAME. I SEE HISTORY BEING MADE BY THE ZEBRAS.

MATCH STATS
BOTSWANA 0 GHANA 12

MIKASA
posted: 04:47 pm
TZOZO,and yo company u r full of bitterness and jeoulusy,okare Niger elo biditse, and plus yo country did not qualify,coz u South Africans r full of yo selves,but honestly yo national team never get anywhre,i bet if yo were not goin to host next year's afcon u wud stil have failed to qualify,u may have money and all, but u will never buy a ticket to afcon or the world cup mvana,kip on insulting us,da truth is u will be supporting us cum on the 24th of dis month,ga lena choice,Bafana Bafana must be called circus clowns,the ern a lot of money and at the end they dont deliver,hw dissapointing,mxxxxxxxm,SA cows...
Anonymous
posted: 05:11 pm
Le tlwaela team ya rona lona ma afrika borwa
Anonymous
posted: 05:28 pm
Botswana gov sis pay your players,these players are professional soccer players,what a shame?do they think that people still work for free,or civl servants in botswana put the country first and sacrifices their wages for the country,Sies man
chronic2001
posted: 05:59 pm
eish mare south africans are full of themselfs but most of them are plain stupid,i wonder which team they are going to support at afcon,zebras is better than that social team(team ya sontaga) they call a national team
their squad is made up of chiz boys with funny hair styles and they fail to deleiver.incase you don know zebras are going to be given what they want
chronic2001
posted: 06:08 pm
kante magodunyana a south africa bare go rileng
Anonymous
posted: 06:16 pm
Eish editor, I thought u meant chiefs
Anonymous
posted: 06:46 pm
eish south afri-cans' no wonder callng k/chips zebras, you knw everythng that s happening here n botswana. Zebras are going to make batswana proud nd wicked s/afri-cans-ghananians wl be left wth their khune's mind games.
Anonymous
posted: 07:00 pm
Mxm botswana jst lyk niger dy goin add numbers in afocn dy qualifd by fluke.fluke dnt wrk in africa i wonder hw fluke fc(rats) wil cope in africa
OTIS GAORUTWE
posted: 07:13 pm
U know what u south africans fools,U will always remain that way.u HAVE INFRASTRUCTURE AND MONEY .MARE WHY ARE U FAILING TO QUALIFY 4 BIG TOURNAMENT?DA REASON IS SIMPLY,U DONT HAVE QUALITY .PERIOD.SWALLOW YR PRIDE U FOOLS.BOTSWANA HAS IMPROVED A LOT LE TA SALA FOO.
OTIS GAORUTWE
posted: 07:18 pm
THATS WHY MABURU WHEE KICKING U LEFT,RIGHT AND CENTRE.LE TETSE BRIDE MARE U NO NOTHING ABOUT FOOTBALL.EVEN OKONKWO ONCE SAID HE IS WASTING HIS TALENT IN YR COUNTRY.HE ONCE SAID SOUTH AFRICANS NO NOTHING ABOUT FOOTBALL,O NE A TETSE MADI FELA.FUCK OFF
Itunes22
posted: 07:53 pm
Jealousy South Africans,Well done Zebras!!!But i would like to believe that the team can improve from the way they played against a hand picked Zimbabwe last Saturday.Goodluck to Botswana & Zambia!!!Proud Zimbo!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:14 pm
When I said people are bitter abt SA,I was called names & insulted.Yet this is still going on.Oh!Itunes ur from Zim?Now I also see why u were full of insults towards me.I also said that people will realize that there is so much hate towards South Africa.This is just the rehearsal of the script & I'm sure we will see main actors in due course.

I have nothing against what Botswana players are asking as is their legitimate right.

What I'm against is people who pretend against our country yet they have true colours of hatred.
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