Thursday, July 16, 2020

Masomere for Township Rollers?

After unceremoniously parting ways with their coach, Township Rollers are now running helter skelter looking for his replacement. The name that keeps cropping up is of the former Gaborone United (GU) coach, Look Masomere. Sunday Standard is reliably informed that Rollers are interested in the services of Masomere, who is currently the caretaker coach of the Zimbabwean national team. Masomere left GU after the end of last season and left a mark for himself. He took GU from the relegation zone to an unprecedented fourth position in the league.

By the time he left the country, Masomere also made it clear that his mission is unaccomplished in Botswana and would like to come back one day and win something. On the other hand, Rollers spokesperson, Billy Loeto, made it clear that they are looking for a high profile coach who will turn things around at Rollers. He said they have already put adverts in the local newspapers and on the Internet. Loeto also said many coaches have applied but he is yet to come across Masomere’s application.

“So far we are inundated with applications from outside the country. I cannot tell their names but most of them are from the Southern African region and Masomere has not applied because his application is not there. If he applies we would consider him just like all other applicants,” said Loeto. Loeto also reiterated that Rollers do not have hard feelings with Nare. He said they parted ways amicably and would sooner reimburse him. Rollers’ seat has proven to be hot because since the days of the late Joseph ‘Banks’ Panene they are yet to find a coach who can steer them to big tittles which have eluded Rollers for three years now. Before Nare came on board, there were reports in the Rollers camp that the team was looking for someone from either East or West Africa. Many people were surprised when Nare was seen at the team’s training ground.

Rollers might now consider resorting to East or West Africa. The managing director of the team, Somereset Gobuiwang, also once made it clear that hiring coaches from Southern African does little to improve soccer in the country. He said neighbouring coaches do not improve quality of local football and they wanted something different that would also benefit the national teams. Since 1996 Rollers are yet to win major titles consecutively. The team’s consistent period was in 1993, 94, and 96 when they won the lucrative Coca-Cola Cup. When they failed to defend it in 1995, they won the league championship.

It took Rollers11 years to win another Coca Cola trophy which they won in 2005 and they doubled it with the league championships. Now the team is disjoined because they are failing to win the games they should have easily win and it looks like the league title will once again vanish in front of them as did the Coca-Cola Cup.

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