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An ugly altercation has recently transpired between Mochudi Centre Chiefs (MCC)’s care taker coach, Itumeleng Duiker and the management of the team.

Just last week, allegations surfaced that Duiker was dismissed from work but MCC management wasted no time and refuted the claims. Duiker has however, when approached this week, accused MCC management of lying to the nation.“I hear they are denying but I can assure you that they informally broke the news to me last week. I have actually been away since Wednesday. My relationship with the team Manager, Zaahid Jalal had reached a boiling point,” Duiker said this week.

Duiker lamented that Jalal was always stepping on his toes and even going to the extent of deciding his first eleven. He claims that Jalal fired and signed new players without even consulting him. Duiker felt disrespected and found it hard to play the game that he, as coach, wanted. “I told him that I will not operate according to his terms, I am open for suggestions but the final word should be mine because they have my name out there as coach. When we are not performing, I get the entire lashing from supporters, not him,” a seething Duiker said.

Nevertheless, Duiker said the reason why there is confusion is because Jalal took the decision to unilaterally cut him off and other team officials are not happy. It is even tricky because he was not given a dismissal letter. He shares that he had nothing but love for MCC, having found it in a sorry state and was trying to rebuild the players’ confidence. Evidently enough, when the league resumed from the festive break, MCC had seemed to have revamped, going five games without a loss and moving from bottom placed to their current 14th position. “Many had given up on the team, even Jalal when I arrived he was in charge of the gate takings. Now he has returned and barking instructions left right and centre, only because he saw light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

Duiker is also accusing MCC of playing hide and seek with his dues. The seemingly frustrated coach said that Jalal and club Chairman Raymond Tsheko were supposed to meet him last week but as of this past Monday, they were giving him excuses.“He is lying, we were supposed to meet him on Thursday yes, but because of other commitments the meeting did not materialize but I have told him that we will meet this week,” Tsheko said.

Tsheko explained that they have not dismissed Duiker instead his role as care -taker coach has lapsed. “We only told him that the management has taken a decision to retain him as an assistant and not hire him as coach because a new coach will soon take over, there is no dismissal letter,” Tsheko defended.

The Chairman of the Kgatleng based team said that Duiker could not continue giving instructions to the team because as per employment act, he only has to act on the instructions given to him by his boss, being the team head coach to be appointed. Quizzed why MCC was quick to remove Duiker from his position even though they have not come out to name a new coach yet, Tsheko answered to say their decision was well calculated and was not haphazard, “I beg that we be respected on our decision because there is reason to it, even supporters should rest assured that we acted on the great benefit of the team,” he said. He said that if things go well they will name their new head coach this week.

Meanwhile, when reached Jalal said he does not want to comment on his alleged bittersweet relationship with Duiker. However, he maintained that Duiker has not been dismissed and he is still their assistant coach.

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Heelang, hands off journalists!

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In our last edition, we touched on athletes who need to be media savvy, however it appears the vaccine needs to be administered on sports leaders too.

There is a highly contagious disease spreading rapidly in the sports space with those in power having a wrong perception of owning the media or somehow entitled to publicity. Such people want to literally dictate what should be broadcast or published, fa ba bata go go nyantshetsa o utwa gotwe, write and send back so I crosscheck.

That equals disrespecting and undermining a journalist to the lowest level; it is more like wanting to teach a scribe how to do their work. If you are in a wrong profession at your respected workplace, please kindly send in your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to newsrooms, you might land that Editor- In Chief position. Then there are those who will make scribes feel like they signed a death warrant, why did you not cover my event? You are not reliable; you are only good at chasing certain individuals. Heelang! Stop crucifying journalists, they do not owe anyone anything and realistically speaking cannot cover everything to please all.

Oops and there are those who never want anything bad or controversial associated with their name. They start off as bosom buddies, discussing ‘non offensive’ issues and once in a while a compliment thrown their way. Once the dark days come knocking and gears are changed, suddenly the same journalist ke moloi wa meno a 4 mo ganong. Really now? So, all along the witch was not visible and now that the tables have turned and it hurts like never before, things have become clearer? Perhaps, you forget what the real job of a scribe is? You cannot befriend a journalist my friends, if you do, then something is seriously wrong! Expect the good together with the bitter taste of unwanted publicity.

There is also a time when the scribes are labelled bomma dijo le bo Rradijo. To an extent that you even emphasize that there will be food at your events, so the more the merrier! I agree, generally only a few can say NO to free food but it becomes a bit untidy when you put a food price tag to your events. Ga re gane, there are some colleagues with a huge appetite and they are not even shy about it but isn’t it that there are people like that all over.

Le re tshabisa go ja, please! Another trend, initially good but now disturbing is that of organisations spoiling some rotten journalists by travelling with them to certain places, all expenses fully paid for. This includes food, accommodation and transportation. Things then become cozy when a drink or two is thrown in, nice but at what expense? Is it out of good will or tantamount to bribery?

Some associations tend to confuse it all with rubbing off bad publicity. Kgantele e nna, ao laitaka, o lebala o robetse ko Cresta Hotel ke go reketse biri? A guilty conscience then kicks in and stories are shelved. It is only a few that manage to look beyond the fancy trips and royal treatment and uphold journalism principles. Better you spoil journalists but without undue expectations, accept both the bad and the good coming your way.

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Abidal punches ticket to TS Galaxy

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Township Rollers’s defensive Midfielder Gape ‘Abidal’ Mohutsiwa has confirmed that he will be plying his trade at South African based TS Galaxy next season.

This follows rife speculation that Mohutsiwa’s deal with Galaxy might have somehow fallen off. The strong suspicions came about last week when the national first division side communicated the team’s new signings. Local based players of Mosha Gaolaolwe, Thero Setsile and Ezekiel Morake were mentioned in the list and Mohutsiwa’s name was suspiciously omitted. As if that was not enough, the team went on to show off pictures of the trio signing contracts with the team management but still no mention of Mohutsiwa.

Speaking to Sun Sport this week, Mohutsiwa explained that he had seen the communication but made nothing from it. “I am still going because even my work permit is ready, all is well and there is no need to panic,” he said.

The 22-year-old pointed out that TS Galaxy had informed that they will communicate dates to join them in South Africa. He is expecting their call anytime after completing the season this coming weekend.

“I also saw those pictures with the management and its is not like they signed the contracts last week. I suspect that they were just appreciating the performance made by my fellow colleagues Morake and Setsile during the COSAFA championships staged in Durban South Africa,” said Mohutsiwa.

The young Abidal as he is well known is convinced that the TS Galaxy management was just ‘boasting’ about the kind of talent they are bringing to their team. “I did not perform to the best of my ability during COSAFA championships but I cannot say they were neglecting me, I am actually fine with it,” he said.

Mohutsiwa added that as young as he is, he believes that he has a lot to offer and the intention is not to return home in a year or so. He has been signed for three years and the expectation is that he completes his term and perhaps find other lucrative deals out there.

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