Rollers blink first in Ratanang saga

Onkarabile Ratanang PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Onkarabile Ratanang PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

It promised to be a drawn out transfer saga, but one which might end up with a one-sided contest. Mark the word ‘might’. The disputed Onkarabile Ratanang registration had all the hallmarks of the 2016 Ofentse Nato transfer dispute.

The Nato matter rumbled on and dominated the headlines of a lengthy season which extended into the summer of 2016, the longest league campaign in Botswana’s history. It was a sense of deja vu when news emerged that Ratanang was improperly registered surfaced in recent weeks. Rollers appeared prepared to land some lusty blows after the accusation came out.

The man who bankrolls Rollers, Jagdish Shah set the ball rolling when he appeared to question his football rival, Nicholas Zakhem’s hand in the whole saga. In a media interview, Shah insinuated, or as per Members of Parliament’s cliché, imputed improper motives on Zakhem’s action. Shah contended Zakhem was ‘ill-treating’ Rollers, in what was seen as a move to tilt the title chase in Gaborone United’s favour. GU and Rollers are involved in a fierce title fight. The Ratanang case points to the title race turning into a dump squib. The early exchanges set the stage for a bare knuckled fight, arousing football fraternity’s interest. This after the Botswana Football Association (BFA) chief executive officer, Mfolo Mfolo jolted the Botswana Football League (BFL) into action over Shah’s utterances.

Editor's Comment
Let the law take its course

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