Mochudi Rovers Sporting Club has roped in Rapelang ‘Raizor’ Tsatsilebe as their gaffer ahead of the new season.
The former Sua Flamingos takes a position formerly held by Zachariah Muzadzi, who, ironically, headed in the opposite direction to take the position of an assistant coach.
Tsatsilebe was at the helm of Sua Flamingos when it was toiling in the Debswana first division and helped the team gain promotion to the elite league before he made way.
Rovers’ chairman Sugar Molefe said the well-travelled Tsatsilebe has signed a two year contract that will be effective on August 1st 2021.
Molefe noted that the new gaffer brings with him a wealth of experience both as a former player and coach. “He has CAF B licence, German B license and is enrolling for CAF A license,” he explained.
When asked about his appointment and how he feels about it, Tsatsilebe said he is happy to be part of the Rovers family.
“I am honoured to have been appointed as Head Coach to an ambitious team like Mochudi Rovers Sporting Club,” he intimated.
As the incoming coach, Tsatsilebe said his basic duties are ‘to train, coach and develop players for Mochudi Rovers SC.’
Never one to shy away from a challenge, Tsatsilebe noted that he intends to make a great contribution to the team’s growth and performance.
“My contribution will be to see to it that the team performs well and achieve their mandate of promotion to the elite league.”
Known for leading his teams to the promised land of elite league, Tsatsilebe said he ‘is most looking forward to promote the team to Premier League.’
When asked on the challenges he faced over the years whilst a head coach and how he overcame them, Tsatsilebe said “The last challenge that I experienced was when I was coaching Sua Flamingos where we were neck to neck with Nico United fighting for promotion and i overcame the challenges by focusing on the team performing well in our games and not concentrating on what Nico United was doing.”
In his conclusion, Tsatsilebe noted that for his stay at the club to be productive, he needs everyone’s support.
“I cannot make it alone without the team management, technical team and Rovers’ supporters. We need them all to achieve our set goals and lastly, we need our stakeholders to assist the team where it needs assistance,” he said.
Among his credentials, the former Gaborone United defender has led Black Forest, Taung Young Strikers, Sua Flamingoes and also had a stint as Botswana Under 20 national team coach and Botswana national senior team assistant coach.
The 50 year old led Sua Flamingoes from Debswana First Division North (DFDN) to premier League and Taung Young Strikers to be South East Regional Football Association (SERFA) Division 1 Champions.
He also has Premier League coaching pedigree having led several sides including Black Forest, Tafic FC, Gilport Lions, Sharps Shooting stars as well as Gaborone United.