Mochudi Centre Chiefs supporters will be on cloud nine to learn that one of Botswana’s well-nurtured strikers, Jerome Ramatlhakwane, is itching to add to the team’s already blazing fire- power. The player confirmed to Sunday Standard Sport that he is almost a Chiefs player.
The bulky striker was previously in the books of Uniao Flamingo Santos before resurfacing at the now condemned Mogoditshane Fighters.
“I am in the right frame of mind to don the Chiefs jersey. I know they have very good strikers but I believe in my abilities and will surely add value to this big team,” he said.
Ramatlhakwane told Sunday Standard Sport that he should have made his debut for Chiefs in their win against Gunners last weekend “but Fighters were unwilling to release me,” he fumed.
The free scoring striker said that he just could not understand why Fighters is dilly-dallying when they are supposed to hand him his registration book.
“To my understanding, I do not owe Fighters a penny. I played my part for them, even during the aborted playoff games in Selebi-Phikwe. I told them that I cannot afford to go down with them since I would like to take my career to another level,” said Ramatlhakwane.
Asked what his plans for the Zebras are, Ramatlhakwane said,
“I was in camp with the team in preparations for the Cosafa Castle Cup game against Zambia but was dropped for the trip. Perhaps the coach did not have me in his plans for that game. I know what I can do, so I will work hard to convince the national team coach that I am worthy of a place, not only in his team, but in his starting line-up. I believe playing for an ambitious team like Chiefs will help me realise my objectives,” he said.
Staying with Chiefs, the team is close to wrapping up a deal with Gaborone United’s combative midfielder Elijah “Haessler” Phiriepha, Chiefs Public Relations Officer, Clifford Mogomotsi, confirmed to Sunday Standard Sport.
The stocky midfielder last featured for GU during the Kabelano Charity Cup.
With Ramatlhakwane and Phiriepha on board, Chiefs is expected to be hot contenders for the Mascom Premier League title this season. Chiefs boast of a formidable squad that, on paper, should conquer all and sundry.
Ramatlhakwane has played for all the junior national teams of Botswana. His ambition of donning the Zebras jersey earlier on was sidetracked by a recurring injury.
“I am fully healed now. I just want to play ball,” added Ramatlhakwane.
The likes of Pontsho “Piro” Moloi, Stan Tsolope, Teenage Podile, Aaron Kale, Jossam Muwowo, Keaketswe “Mara” Moloi and Boniface Makolo are just a few of the Chiefs brigade expected to steer the Kgatleng team to dizzy heights this season.
Meanwhile, the 2006 Coca Cola Cup champions, Notwane, are still pursuing the signature of Township Rollers’ tough-as-teak defender Thebeitsile “Mkhari” Raditsebe. Notwane’s Pudi “Ace” Mooki said that Notwane has asked for permission from the player’s club to negotiate with him.
Township Rollers are said to have not responded to Notwane’s request yet, a trend common in most local teams if they don’t want to lose a player.
The deadline for the transfer window is September 30.