BTC Premiership big spenders Township Rollers look set to pocket over a million pula if the duo of Ivan Ntege and Tshepo Matete are signed by either Soweto giants Orlando Pirates or Kwazulu Natal side Amazulu. Both clubs have already expressed interest in the players.
Both players are said to have signed two year contracts with BTC Premiership defending champions at the start of the current season.
It has been reported that Pirates gaffer, Milutin ‘Micho’Sredojevic is eager to reunite with the 23 year old Ntege after working together at the Ugandan national team. Ntege plays a vital role at the star studded Ugandan national team in the defensive midfielder role.
Matete on the other hand is said to have caught the attention of Cavin Johnson led Amazulu and the team is said to be interested in his services. Since being converted to play wingback by Rollers’ gaffer Nikola Kavazovic, Matete has churned in some impressive displays for the league log leaders.
The 26 year old former Baroka player has since arrival been a household name in the BTC Premiership reviving his game after falling out at the South African ABSA Premiership.
With Matete expected to cost around the region of five hundred thousand Pula and Ntege likely close to a million Pula, the deals, if they do pass, will represent a major financial coup for Rollers, who signed both players for free.
In an interview with Sunday Standard, Rollers Public Relations Officer (PRO) Bafana Pheto said they will not stand in any player’s way. He said it is their wish to witness players playing in big leagues after donning the Rollers jersey.
“We are open to offers regarding any of our players and encourage our players to work hard to gain recognition in big leagues. We will not stand in any way of players if offers come forth but at the moment we have not heard anything formal but aware of such rumours,” said Pheto.
Despite declining on divulging the duo’s value, Pheto said it is a matter that needs discussion at management level to make a collective decision regarding the value of players. “There are too many factors that determine players’ value. It is a fact that these players are of value to the team and their absence will definitely affect the team. In this case we look into the gap that will be opened and how the club will benefit from their move if it happens and it is a fact that if a team sells contracted players their aim is to gain so we can only wait for offers,” Pheto told Sunday Standard.