Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Rollers busy in the transfer market

After a disappointing first half of the Premier League season, which has seen them end last year on position 11 with 18 points, sleeping giants Township Rollers have stepped up their game outside the football field.

Mapalastina are reported to be busy in the transfer market trying to land players who would add value to their side.  

According to reliable sources, Rollers are on the heels of exciting ECCO City Greens winger, Lovemore Murwira, and other top quality players.

Murwira trained with Mapalastina for four months last year before he was ordered to return to ECCO by the Players’ Status Committee in December following a dispute over his ownership.

“The deal is almost done and he’ll be Rollers’ player before the transfer window closes. He is one player who will come and add value to the team in our bid to move to the top of the table. He (Murwira) is based in Gaborone and it will be unfortunate if ECCO were to deny us an opportunity to sign him,” said a source close to Rollers’ camp on Monday morning.

Murwira was inspirational in ECCO’s performance in the previous season, which saw them losing to Rollers in the final of the Mascom Top 8.

When contacted for comment, ECCO City assistant manager, Mothusi Madikwe, confirmed that they are in talks with the 2011 League champions over the services of Murwira.

“There is nothing concrete yet but we’re in talks. We still have to agree on his transfer fee. The player has told us that he’s on an attachment in Gaborone, which means that he will not be able to train with us regularly,” said Madikwe.

Murwira joined Mamoja-diskie in January 2012 on a two-year contract from Lobatse side BMC. After a slow start under former coach Chris Tembo, the left-winger became a marvel to watch after the current gaffer, Atshele Molapi, joined the Francistown side. He soon became the talking point in football circles, something which prompted Rollers to offer him a contract in June last year. 

That did not go down well with ECCO City as they blocked his move and they won the case when it was heard before the Status Committee. Though he has not played competitive football for five months now, Rollers have never given up on luring him to the capital city.

“Ever since returning to the club, he has been training well and he’s looking sharper. We’ve always told him that if he’s not happy at the club, he should let us know but nothing of that nature happened,” added Madikwe.

Meanwhile, ECCO City have announced that veteran striker Malepa ‘Chippa’ Bolelang, Gaboratanelwe ‘Radio’ Kgosietsile and Kabo Mungabe have all been released by the club.

But it is Bolelang’s departure from Mamoja-diskie which has raised more eyebrows. After playing a cameo role in the first half of the current season due to injuries and alleged indiscipline, those close to the club hinted that it was not long before he would be heading for the exit door.

“There is no doubt that Malepa has given us a lot in the past years and we appreciate that. In life, there are times when people meet and part ways,” said ECCO City officer, Keletso Gomotsang, on Monday afternoon.

Bolelang has served the Francistown side for more than a decade, which has seen him helping the club to win the league championship in 2007.   

Gomotsang revealed that they will be signing a few other players to reinforce their side for the remainder of the season.

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