Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Big movers or failures?

The current transfer window that is under way has seen many teams going for the kill. Many teams have broken their bank accounts to bring the best possible players so that they can challenge for honours in both the Coca Cola Cup and, eventually, the league championships. This looks to be, once again, the most interesting transfer window ever because already several big names have made moves.

Already, Extension Gunners have lost their goal scoring machine, Tiroyamodimo Mohambi, to Gaborone United (GU) while Rollers have lost Moemedi ‘Jomo’ Moatlhaping.

Rollers have, in turn, registered the sort after striker from Tasc, Terrence Mandaza, and also sent shockwaves by putting their top two defenders, Gabriel Bokhutlo and Boniface ‘Zolo’ Makolo, on the transfer list.
Other big names, such as Malepa Bolelang and Mandlekosi ‘Sukunyetsa’ Sibandla from Ecco City, are also reported on the verge of leaving their long time team, Ecco City Green.

On the other hand, some of the movements the players make end up in misery because they fail to impress. It is either they are not given necessary support or lose form and lack of coordination. Sometimes, even the environment can unsettle the players unless they have a strong mentality.
Mohambi is the one who surprised many people last season. Everybody counted him out and BMC gave him a free clearance and he found a home at Gunners. He went on to become the league’s second leading scorer.
Now he has moved to GU and many people are wondering whether he will make an impact in a new environment, taking into consideration that he was also just from a new environment. Also, many Gunners fans see him as a betrayer because they took care of him when most teams did not want him.

Other players who once left Gunners when on form only to be a shadow of themselves include Kenanao ‘Floh’ Kgetholetsile, who is now at BMC. He left the team when he was on song and was even called to the national team. The moment he left, everything just collapsed because he could not find similar form at BDF XI and now at BMC.
In contrast to Khetholetsile, Mohambi was also called to the national team recently but could not make the final cut.

Whether, Mandaza will finally make the grade at Rollers is also a million dollar question because there are already several established strikers there.

Nicolas Gora, Bernard Simakwenzi and Thato Siska are some players who can attest that changing clubs while on form is dangerous. Simakwenzi left BDF XI for Township Rollers when he was a deadly and feared man. Many defenders battled to contain him as he scored in almost every game. The moment the Zambian international joined Township Rollers, the going started to be tough and he failed to display the same form he had at BDF XI.

There was even speculation that the team wanted to offload him but they seemed to have changed their minds to give him a second chance.
Also, since joining Mochudi Centre Chiefs, Gora failed to be the same man who terrorised defenders while at Francistown side, Tafic.

At Tafic, the Zimbabwean international scored in almost every game and it was not surprising for teams to fight for his signature, which was eventually won by Centre Chiefs.

There are even reports in soccer circles about the possibility of him going back to his former team, Tafic.
At Centre Chiefs, he is also facing stiff competition from guys like Mpho Mabogo and Kekaetswe ‘Mara’ Moloi.
Siska, on the other hand, also joined Centre Chiefs last season from Santos and still failed to command a regular place. He has since gone back to Santos again to revive his career and claims say he has already lost his place in the national team.

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