Two Township Rollers players, Boitumelo Mafoko and Edwin Moalosi, might be lost to the lucrative South African league.
Mafoko has been on trials at Cape Town Santos where he is reportedly impressing a lot and the team wanting to sign him on with immediate effect.
The problem with him now is the resignation of coach Major David Bright who has since joined Port-Elizabeth side, Bay United.
There are reports that since Mafoko has not yet signed, Bright might whisk him to United.
Sunday Standard sources reveal that Santos has already put an offer on the table and there are possibilities that United might counter it. Last week after a horde of Township Rollers players went for trials in South Africa at First Division side, University of Pretoria, Moalosi was the only player to remain behind so that the technical team could have a further assessment of him. This then means the chances of him to sign on the dotted line are high.
When others were told to pack their bags, Moalosi was told to stay and Sunday Standard’s Deep Throat sources say the player has impressed a lot.
Even though his team has not played to expectations since joining them from BMC, he has been a revelation, creating and even scoring vital goals. Rollers Managing Director, Somereset Gobuiwang, would not want to say much about Moalosi but confirmed that the player remained behind when others came back. “What I can only say is that Moalosi remained behind when others came back home from Pretoria last week. May be there is something the technical team of University of Pretoria saw in him. For those who could not make it, it is an indication that they should work hard to be better next time,” he said.
Pretoria University is where another former Township Rollers player, Phenyo Mongala, made a name for himself before joining Premier League outfit, Orlando Pirates. If all goes well for a player also known as Mulubwa, he might step well in Mongala’s footsteps.
Regarding Mafoko, Gobuiwang added that he is still on trails at Santos and if indeed they are serious about signing him, they will negotiate. Gobuiwang did not want to commit himself whether there are possibilities for him joining United, which has since relegated from the Premier League to the First Division.
“It is our wish to see our players joining highly paid ranks in South Africa and we would not stand in their way. Currently there is nothing much I can say about Mafoko because nothing concrete is on the table and if something comes we will negotiate,” he said.
Meanwhile, the shock resignation of Major Bright from the Premier league side, Santos, to the relegated United might have been due to greener pastures. Information reaching Sunday Standard is that Bright has not been happy for sometime at Santos due to interference by team management in his job and tried to be patient with it.
Upon being confronted with an irresistible offer, Bright could not think twice, taking into consideration Santos environment. Other Premier League teams, Bloemfontein Celtic, Moroka Swallows and Platinum Stars are some of the clubs that were interested in his services but he stood put at Santos thinking that things would improve.
Efforts to talk to Bright were futile at press time as his mobile phone was unavailable.
Bright’s departure might also have some effect on local players at the team. These are Mogogi Gabonamong and Jerome Ramatlhakwane.
Under Bright, Gabonamong was the team captain and the man currently in charge, Bobbie Solomons might strip him of it. Solomons and Bright had an acrimonious relationship and, at times, lashed out at each other in the media. Ramatlhakwane, on the other hand, was plagued by injuries since arriving at Santos and is yet to deliver and that might compel Solomons to have second thoughts about him.