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Harrison not amused with ‘fake’ CAF licence claims

MQONDISI DUBE
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Township Rollers coach, Mark Harrison has said everyone wants his job after reports emerged he was awarded the CAF A licence despite attending two days of the two-week course.

Harrison said there is jealousy in local football, which will halt development.

Reports have emerged that Harrison failed to attend the majority of the two-week course held in Maseru, Lesotho in September, but was still awarded the licence.

Botswana Football Association (BFA) technical officer, Phillimon Makhwengwe, who is a CAF instructor facilitated the course but has refused to shed light on the matter since his employer barred him from talking to the media.

However, one official who attended the course said Harrison had attended one week of the training and passed the test. Harrison is baffled with the reports and labels those behind the allegations as ‘vindictive’.

“If they want to ask me questions (about the licence), they should come to me. It was a course run by the Lesotho FA and open to everyone. These people are vindictive,” Harrison said yesterday.

“There are people behind this, but I will keep my cards close to my chest, my time will come. There is hatred towards

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Rollers and this will pull down football.  Everyone wants my job, it’s the best job in the country,” he said.

The issue reportedly arose after some local coaches had indicated willingness to attend the course but did not have money.

Harrison paid for his expenses, which included R5,000 course fee but some local coaches failed to raise the amount.

“There are rumours that Harrison got assistance from somewhere, when some coaches felt they were supposed to be helped.  The issue is bigger than that, it is about power struggles in local football,” said a source.

Harrison’s agent, Paul Mitchell refused to comment on the matter.

“I won’t give any comment on petty things,” Mitchell said.

Already there are reports that a top BFA official fraudulently obtained the CAF A licence although no investigations into the matter have commenced.  BFA president, Maclean Letshwiti previously told Mmegi Sport he was unaware of the issue, but would promptly investigate if it is brought to his attention.



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