He was one of the pillars behind the success of ATK, formerly known as Atletico de Kolkata in the first few seasons of the Indian Super League. Ofentse Nato, the Botswana international was recently arrested by Police for stock-theft.
Nato and his co-accused were arrested on 15th February for the possession of two goats which were supposedly not their. The 29 year old and the co-accused were arrested on the early hours of Sunday when Police stopped their Honda Fit car which they were driving and got hold of the two goats which they were allegedly unable to account for.
Although both Nato and the other man were cleared of the charges of stock-theft on 19th February in a trial but this episode has clearly been nothing short of embarrassment for the former ATK man.
Nato’s current club, Botswana Premier League side Township Rollers issued a statement confirming the latest information regarding the star, “Township Rollers Football Club welcomes back midfielder Ofentse Nato, who resumed training this morning after allegations levelled against him were withdrawn at the Mogobane Customary Court on Tuesday. It must be noted that although he was a suspect in the matter, according to the law he remained innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt and there was no criminal conviction. Now that the matter has been withdrawn, we welcome back the player. We urge the public to give due respect to Nato, who has represented the country with distinction as a senior national team player for over a decade.”
Offentse Nato’s form since leaving the Kolkata side has steadily declined. The Township Rollers player at the end of last season reportedly contacted the officials of his former club Gaborone United for a deal but he was turned down. His off-the-field activities have also been a point of concern off late. Now after this recent episode, it remains to be seen how the player recovers from the situation.