Financially struggling Sankoyo Bush Bucks has experience a mass exodus of players who have ditched the once North West favourites for greener pastures. Ahead of the new season Ngurungu as of Tuesday this week had only registered 17 players.
and its manager, Collen Sebako has appealed that they are still in need of more others.
According to Sebako, out of 26 players who were signed beginning of the 2022/23 season they had already lost seven due to financial challenges as the team was failing to pay and meet their other contractual obligations.
“The players left the team on their own, with some getting employment outside Maun and others got engaged with their personal commitments. Two attacking midfielders, Kgakgamatso Juta and Mmoloki Shota were sold to City Kings of Gumare stream,” he told Times Sport.
Sebako lamented that the situation was stressful to the team as they couldn’t stop the players from leaving. Meanwhile Sebako revealed that the team has this week started their trials with the hope of securing some players before the new season commences.
“We started our trials on Monday together with our pre-season preparations which shall take us two weeks so that we can be able to find new players. As of now we do not have enough numbers to register for the new season,” he said.
Meanwhile, hopes are high from Sankoyo management that the team will improve in the new season with the help of the P700 000 sponsorship, they secured from Wilderness Safaris in May this year. According to them, the sponsorship will help bring the team back to its glory days as well as fight for promotion back to the premier league.
The team’s chairperson, Itumeleng Kelebetseng previously revealed that their expenses for a season amount to over P1 million which covers travel, accommodation and feeding expenses.
The chairman indicated that their agreement with Wilderness Safaris does not hinder other potential investors to come on board if they feel to do so. “We are open for more sponsors from our region, Africa and the whole world to come and sponsor this brand,” he said.