Saturday, October 31, 2020

Local players fail to impress in South Africa

Almost all local players who went for trials at a South African side have returned home and it looks like they have not impressed, with the exception of one.

Most of the players who went there belong to Rollers and, as things stand, it looks unlikely that Platinum Stars will sign them.

The players include Lawrence Majawa, Edwin Olerile, Sekhana Koko and goalkeeper, Kabelo Dambe (Township Rollers).

Mochudi Centre Chiefs goalkeeper, Noah Maposa, and teammate, striker Moemedi Moatlhaping, were some of the players at Platinum Stars.

Even veteran defender, Mompati Thuma, was one of the players that tried their luck there.

Information reaching Telegraph Sports is that most players returned earlier with the exception of Moatlhaping. It is not yet known whether Platinum Stars wanted to further assess him or they want to sign him outright.

Moatlhaping was this past season’s leading goal scorer in Botswana after having an excellent season. If he signs it would be his second stint at the club after first playing for them in 2008.

It is a mystery why Moatlhaping had to come back because he had game time and did not disappoint. At that time, the incumbent coach of Platinum Stars, Owen Da Gama, was also at the helm of the team.

Efforts to get a comment from his club Mochudi Centre Chiefs were futile at the time of going to press.

Telephone calls to the spokesperson of Mochudi Centre Chiefs, Clifford Mogomotsi, went unanswered.
Stars were in desperate need of a goalkeeper following the departure of Tapuwa Kapini and there was hope that Dambe would clinch a lucrative deal. This did not materialise as Stars signed a local goalkeeper from the lower division.

Industrious Orlando Pirates player, Phenyo Mongala, started first by joining Stars with Moatlhaping in 2008 but was loaned to a First Division side, Pretoria University, where he made his mark and was finally signed by Orlando Pirates.

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