Saturday, March 2, 2024

Bleak future for Botswana internationals

Botswana exports to South Africa, Lesenya Ramoraka, Mosha Gaolaolwe and Ezekiel Morake are facing an uncertain future.

Gaolaolwe and Morake are contracted to TS Galaxy while Ramoraka has been with Highlands Park.

The uncertainty over the future of the trio comes in the wake of the acquisition of Highlands Park’s premiership status by TS Galaxy.

TS Galaxy’s acquisition of Highlanders has seen a mass exodus of players from the latter, with as many players’ futures also undecided.

While TS Galaxy kick started pre-season preparations for the 2020/21 season, the duo Gaolaolwe and Morake is yet to return to South Africa after being stuck in Botswana since March due to the novel COVID 19 that forced countries to shut down borders. 

While the South African elite league and first division concluded the season in a bio bubble after a long layoff, the duo failed to travel back to South Africa for the completion of the season. 

On the other side of the spectrum, Ramoraka also faces an uncertain future as his side Highlands Park has been at loggerheads with some of its players after the club sale. 

The likes of Tapuwa Kapimi, Sifiso Mbele and Limbikani Mzava are amongst players who reportedly engaged South African Players’ Union after being discarded despite running contracts. 

Taking over the status of Highlands Park, The Rockets as TS Galaxy is affectionately known have roped in their former gaffer Dan Malesela who takes over from Mabhuti Khanyeza who has been demoted to the reserve side expected to play in the Multi choice Diski. 

With the incumbent gaffer steering the ship, Malesela revealed to South African media that he finds himself having to select a team from two sets of players to form one powerful team. 

The 2018 Nedbank Cup winning coach Malesela has already retained Highlands Park striker Rodney Ramagalela and winger Lindokuhle Mbatha.

Speaking to Sunday Standard, shot stopper Morake said they are only waiting for the South African borders to open in October for them to return to work. 

‘’As soon as the borders open, we will be travelling to South Africa to meet with the club chairman. We failed to return to finish the league due to circumstances beyond our control but the club has been in constant contact with us,’’ said Morake.

He revealed that he still has two more years to run in his three-year contract deal with TS Galaxy.

‘’I am still contracted to TS Galaxy and hope to be part of the club in the elite league. It will be an opportunity for me to get exposure from agent across the globe as the PSL is one of the most watched leagues around the world,’’ said Morake.


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