Arguably the Mascom Premier League’s “kings of the passing game”, Ecco City Greens of Francistown, will be relieved to learn that their top marksman Malepa “Chippa” Bolelang will be staying at the club for now.
The 25-year-old Moshopha-born striker has been a subject of transfer speculations to neighbours Tasc Confidence.
Malepa told Sunday Standard Sport after a training session with the Zebras that he had made up his mind to stay put at the club that “made me what I am today.”
Ecco City Public Relations Office, Nelson Legwatagwata, could not contain his joy at having Malepa in his team’s ‘firing squad.’
“Obviously I have reasonable cause to be ecstatic.
He is a quality striker and every coach would love to have him in his team. While it is not our policy to stand in any player’s way when they want to leave, we also feel bound to give advice where necessary. Fortunately, Malepa knows that we look after our players well,” said the flamboyant PRO.
Tasc’s mouthpiece, Patrick Kinnear, confirmed that they have given up on the opportunist striker.
“We would have loved to have him on board as he is an exceptional player but he decided to stay with his club,” said Kinnear.
Malepa is without doubt, one of the players who made Ecco City a household name in football circles.
Last season, he scooped the Golden boot award after scoring the most number of goals in the premier league. He bagged a record 23 goals.
Malepa is in his sixth year with Ecco City after joining them from lower division side Palapye Stars in 2002. He was the main man as Ecco City won the playoffs in Selebi-Phikwe to gain promotion to the elite league.