Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Reds dig in for title challenge

Ambitious Premier League giants, Gaborone United (GU), have made a promise to their supporters that they will challenge for three titles available in the country.

This was said by GU secretary Herbert Letsebe during a media briefing, which was used to introduce their new players.

The Reds have signed six players during the transfer window in January. The new faces are Pako Moloi, Sageby Sandaka, Makundika Sakala, Kenalemang Neo, Kgololo Leteane and Goitseone Kusane.
Young goalkeeper Kenalemang and Kusane have been promoted from their development side.

Speaking at the briefing on Monday morning, Letsebe said, “I want to believe that with the squad we have, we can challenge for all the competitions available. I want to believe that the league is not out of reach.” GU, who last won the league title in 2008, is placed third on the log with 32 points, nine adrift of pacesetters Mochudi Centre Chiefs.

“We believe that we’ve brought in players who can help us achieve our goal. I’m happy that two of the players have been promoted from our development side after they were assessed by the coach (Elvis Chiweshe),” said Letsebe.

The Reds have a squad of 23 players who are expected to bring joy to the supporters who have been complaining that they do not have depth. The GU official pointed out that they were forced to sign new players after their coach identified some areas which he felt were lacking.

Chiweshe shared the same sentiments with Letsebe and said that he has been working closely with the management to ensure that they have a strong squad.

“We want to try and stay at the top, so these players will help us achieve that. Don’t be surprised by our signings because we want to build a competitive side,” he added.

GU assistant coach Rapelang Tsatsilebe added that it has been a long time without winning silverware and they want to bring back the glory days to the Reds’ camp.

Northern supporters will have a chance to see their new boys in action when GU takes on TAFIC in a Premier League game at the Francistown Stadium on Saturday afternoon. When they trot onto the pitch, without doubt, all eyes will be on their Zambian marksman Sakala who is seen as a messiah in GU camp. He comes with a big reputation from ZANACO FC in the Zambian Super League.

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