After losing four of their key players in the current transfer window, Nico United have pleaded with their supporters not to panic. The copper-nickel mining town side has assured their supporters that they will assemble a stronger side which will compete strongly for honours in the coming season.
Majombolo have lost star winger Topo Piet (Extension Gunners), defenders Kagiso Tutuwe, Moagedi Tsametse and striker Emmanuel Thakadu (all to Orapa United). Goalkeeper Basimanebotlhe Moilwa looks set to join rookies Sankoyo Bush Bucks after the club opted not to renew his contract.
Former Gunners striker Bojosi Mfila has been released to look for a club. Nico United chairman Mothusi Taolo said, “obviously it is sad to lose players of their quality. We would have loved to keep them but we could not match the offers they got from Gunners and Orapa. They will be sorely missed but we acted fast in replacing them. We’re satisfied with the recruitments we’ve made so far but we’re still in a hunt for another striker. After that I’ll be able to say we can go out there and compete for honours.”
Majombolo have since landed the signatures of experienced defender Trinity Nko (ECCO City Greens), goalkeeper Edwin Mokibe (BMC), young striker Arnold Mampori (Uniao Flamengo Santos) and midfielder Mogomotsi Samson (ECCO City Greens).
Majombolo wanted to sign former Santos’ striker Vincent Nzombe but the deal fell through after he was snatched up by BDF XI.
“The new players have been working hard in training and I have no doubt that by the time the season starts they would have fitted in well. The good thing is that we maintained the core of our team from the last season,” he continued.
Taolo added that as the management they are doing their best to ensure that they give the technical team all they need to improve on their position five from the last campaign.
“I have to admit that last season we made few errors in terms of players’ recruitment. We’ve learned from that huge mistake hence we’re cautious this time around. I also think that administratively we’ve also gained a lot of experience,” said the Majombolo boss.
Taolo said their plan is to be uncompromising when playing at home in Selebi-Phikwe. He is also looking for a good start to the season.
Nico United head coach, Kenneth Mogae, said that while losing some of their key players can be seen as a setback, this is a chance for other players to step forward. He believes that there are a number of talented players in his squad who can take the league by storm.
“There is no need to cry over spilled milk. What is important for us is to focus on the future. I have a number of players in this teams who can be a surprise to many in the coming season. In life you always want to be counted amongst the best hence my intention is to finish in a respectable position next season,” said Mogae.
According to information from the Botswana Premier League office, the league kicks off on August 8.