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Shillinde insists he is a Wimbledon player

Controversial national team trialist, Bobby Shillinde insists he is an AFC Wimbledon player and will take actionâ following a chain of newspaper reports touting his recent Zebras call-up as the hypnotic rise of a footballing chancer.
By Staff Writer Mon 22 Dec 2014, 01:53 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Shillinde insists he is a Wimbledon player








In a telephone interview from the United Kingdom (UK), Shillinde told Mmegi Sport he was baffled by reports that he does not turn out for the League Two side's reserves.He admits having read AFC Wimbledon press officer's statement in a UK publication, Guardian, which said: "I've checked with a few people.  This player has never played for AFC Wimbledon as far as we are aware. Just to point out also that AFC does not have an Under- 21 squad at the current time or reserves squad, though we do have a development squad." His defence to this is that in the UK teams have reserve sides and they call them Under 21. "So that is the team I play for though I have featured for the senior team eight times."

When probed further that the club had said there is no reserves, he said he was with the development side, which is like the club's reserve or feeder team. He maintained that he has featured for the club's senior team eight times after being identified by the coaches from the development side. However, a quick check on the club's team list shows no Shillinde."I don't really know what is going on, I have seen all these reports online and I have just arrived in the UK. I will be speaking to a few people here including my lawyers.

I will get to the bottom of this if it is someone trying to mess up my name," Shillinde said. The player has since protected his tweets, while two You Tube videos remain online. Questionably, one of the You Tube clips shows a group of players wearing different kits during the purported AFC training session.The 21-year-old said while in Botswana he was getting tweets from his club's supporters, who know him from their games, wishing him well. Shillinde said some of them even carried the Botswana flag in support of him.

"Funny enough, I was getting tweets from Wimbledon supporters wishing me well on my debut for my country; they even carried Botswana flags in pictures that they posted on my twitter account. It's funny how all this has come about." He said he was aware that the media can tarnish one's image and repeatedly warned he would get to the bottom of the matter. FIFA accredited agent, Comfort 'Big Fish' Ramatebele, who brought the player to Botswana, said the information he got from Shillinde was convincing."That is the info we know. We even had a journalist call and speak to the AFC Wimbledon coach Neil Ardley and he confirmed he knew the boy. "I also spoke to his dad who is a pastor several times, he also confirmed, but unfortunately I never saved his contacts.

It's unfortunate, resources are not yet there to go to all these countries and verify if the players are genuine. It is still a new territory for me as Botswana's first FIFA accredited agent," said Ramatebele. Shillinde expressed his hopes to still represent the country in future. "Other than that I had a good experience with the Botswana team, I am still keen on playing for my country.  I spoke to the coaches and they were happy to see me. I left on a good note," he said. He added: "I don't understand why I could not play for my country because in other countries Kevin Boateng played for Germany with a Ghanaian passport. According to FIFA laws I am eligible to play for Botswana." Botswana Football Association (BFA) president Tebogo Sebego said he was in the dark about the matter while Zebras' coach Stanley Tshosane was clearly unimpressed by Shillinde's talent.



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