Shelly Guni, Sports Reporter
RAINBOW Amateur Netball League (RANL) general secretary Moses Gukurume has scoffed at reports that they are giving preferential treatment to certain clubs in the league.
This comes after the league extended the registration of players by another 14 days.
RANL league recently circulated a communication on the extension of the player registration.
“I am happy to inform you that RANL executive has heard concerns raised through the SG’s office about the need to extend player registration period. A two (2) week window period starting from 20th March 2020 to 3rd April 2020 has been opened with the following conditions:
“You are to register not more than four (4) players.
“Each player registered in this window period pays $50 as registration fee.
“You are to submit all the documents of the player eg clearance letter, soft copy of passport size photo and all the details pertaining to the player as you did on the other players to the SG on or before the 3rd of April 2020.
“Only players who were not playing for any club do not need a clearance but are to submit an affidavit to that effect.
“Please note that all payments for registration of the new players and the old should be paid in this same period to allow for player licenses.
“NB. No player will be allowed to play after the 3rd of April 2020 without a license,” reads the message.
The development did not go down well with other clubs who feel the decision is a way to allow certain teams to strengthen at a time they have exhausted their slots.
However in explaining this, Gukurume said the need to extend the player registration was necessitated following a request by the team managers.
“The message was directed to team managers. They said time was not enough hence the need to extend the registration.
“We discussed with the executive and came up with the decision so as to cater for those who raised their concerns.
“The thing is there are certain individuals who think their own voice must be heard and they think when they speak they are the authority but we also have those who are not vocal who have issues to raise also.
“We are not favoring any team. Its open to everyone who wants to register,” he said.
But however, managers who spoke to H-Metro were equally shocked.
H-Metro understands that most teams in the league had not fully paid their registration that also saw the all the teams playing without licenses.