By Sports Reporter
WHEN 2015/16 Namibian Premier League (NPL) Player of the Season, Absalom Iimbondi, left Namibia to ply his trade in the Botswana Premier League (BPL), he expected to take the country by storm.
However, it has been a topsy-turvy season so far for the Namibian at Mochudi Centre Chiefs, who are currently seventh place in the league, 19 points adrift of leaders, Township Rollers.
Iimbondi, who is also the reigning NPL Players’ Player of the Season and the Tigers’ Player of the Season, was rated as a top-notch signing for Mochudi Centre Chiefs, as he was expected to turn the tide for a struggling side, which had once dominated Botswana football.
His first few matches for his new team were impressive and he was immediately hailed as the next best thing in the BPL.
His two goals and several assists made him an instant hit with the people of Mochudi and surrounding areas.
Through no fault of Iimbondi, the club’s performance on the field regressed.
They either drew or lost their matches, and whenever a win was recorded, it was celebrated like a World Cup victory, as times were trying and positive results were hard to come by.
However, it is in the boardroom where things have started going completely wrong for Mochudi Centre Chiefs.
They lost their financial backer at the beginning of the season and things have been going downhill ever since.
Not even the signing of Iimbondi and a few other star players could help prevent the downward spiral.
Things have now gotten worse to the extent that players boycotted training and a few matches, and as the end of the season draws closer, some players are negotiating contracts with other clubs.
Rumour has it that Iimbondi will rather return to Namibia, where there is currently no league action, than go through the stresses of not being paid on time, or being paid half his salary, before waiting for up to four months to get the rest.
Mochudi Centre Chiefs arrived late for their match against Extension Gunners recently, due to what was termed an “unfortunate transport logistics situation”.
They went down 2-0 in the match two weeks ago, and last weekend they suffered another beating.
In addition to the financial woes and poor performances on the pitch, Iimbondi’s team is beset by leadership struggles.
There are said to be two committees, which are both vying for the control of the club. This has not gone down well with fans and players alike, and a huge exodus is expected at the end of the season, if things do not improve. Speculation is rife that barring a miracle, Iimbondi will most likely not renew his contract with the Botswana outfit, and may be seen in Tigers colours again, if and when the new NPL season kicks off.
There is also talk that he may be on his way to South Africa.
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