Gaborone United (GU) head coach, Elvis Chiweshe, is satisfied with the squad they have assembled in preparation for the second round of the be MOBILE Premier League and the Mascom Top 8 tournament, which resume next month.
During the January transfer period, GU has signed four players in Kgololo Leteane (Extension Gunners), Makundika Sakala (ZANACO, Zambia), Pako Moloi (Notwane) and Sageby Sandaka (BMC) to beef up their squad. While the rest of the new recruits have started training with the Reds, Leteane is only expected to join the rest of the squad tomorrow (Monday).
“We have been having problems with scoring hence the decision to sign new players. I am quite happy with the players we’ve signed and I want to believe that we’re ready to compete,” said Chiweshe.
The Reds have been struggling to score goals this season, managing 27 goals in 16 games. The arrival of strikers Moloi and Sakala has brought new hope at GU.
Both strikers have an eye for scoring goals and it is believed that with the help of long-serving Ronald Chikomo, the days of suffering are gone. When the league went on recess in December, GU were placed on third spot with 32 points, nine adrift of log leaders, Mochudi Centre Chiefs. Though many people have already tipped Magosi to run away with the title come end of May, Chiweshe said that they are hoping that something could happen to Chiefs.
“Anything is possible in football but we should not focus on Chiefs. What is important for us is to win our games (when the league resumes),” the Zimbabwean gaffer pointed out.
GU secretary Herbert Letsebe said that their coach has been complaining that they do not have depth in their squad hence they have brought in new faces. He believes that the new players will add value to their squad as they have ambitions of winning silverware.
“The coach was right; we need to beef up our squad. I’m satisfied with all the departments now. We’re no longer going to bring any new players this season and all that is left is for the coach to work on winning combinations. We want to challenge for honours this season,” said Letsebe.
The sad news in the Reds’ camp is that inspirational midfielder Stephen Maposa has suffered a fracture on the collarbone and he is likely to be out for the remainder of the season.
Maposa got injured in their friendly game against Mogoditshane Fighters last weekend. In their bid to fine tune for the league action, GU played a friendly game against South African Premier League side Moroka Swallows at Germinston Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Yesterday morning, they faced First Division side Pretoria University before travelling back home.
According to Letsebe, the Reds will feature in a four-team tournament in Selebi-Phikwe next weekend.