Saturday, February 4, 2023

Drago, Mpote part ways with Rollers

Township Rollers has announced it has parted ways with Dragojlo Stanojlovic and Mogomotsi Teenage Mpote.

The two were officially released by the club at the end of the current 2017/ 2018 football season due to the end of their contracts. 

Mpote led Rollers to glory in the 2016/17 season as caretaker coach after taking over from Mark Harrison, but was restored to his previous role as assistant coach when current coach Nikola Kavazovic took over at the start of this past season.

Mpote and Kavazovic however fell out sometimes midway the just ended season. While their fallout became apparent when Mpote was replaced by player Lemponye Tshireletso, it was only when Rollers were crowned champions that Kavazovic came out in the open and proclaimed he had replaced him.

Stanojlovic on the other hand joined Rollers as a Technical Director and head of development at the same time as when his compatriot Kavazovic arrived to take over as the team coach.

Speaking in an interview, Rollers President Jagdish Shah noted that they had decided not to renew the duo’s contracts when they came to an end and have opted to release them. “Their contracts have ended hence we let them go,” Shah said.

Shah added that they did not consider an extension of their contracts due to the fact that they are fine as a club at the moment.

The Rollers president said the duo’s departure from the club does not matter much as the team still has enough personal to lead it.

Shah said as a club, they are content with Kavazovic at the helm of the team, adding that they are not planning on adding anyone to the club yet.

Furthermore, he went on to say Kavazovic is still part of the team as its head coach and they do not have any reason to part ways with him now.

This is despite rumours that have been making rounds that the Serbian gaffer is on the radar of several continental clubs.

Asked on whether the departure of the two would not affect the team’s performances in the CAF champions’ league, Shah said the departure ‘will not affect the boys or their performance in any way.’ 

Meanwhile, Rollers have expressed their outmost gratitude to the two for the wonderful services they offered the team during their tenure with them and wished them well in their futures.


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