Botswana?s top striker, Diphetogo Selolwane, might leave his club, Cape Town Santos, at the end of the season. Recent media reports from South Africa suggested that Selolwane might leave because, of late, he has been struggling with his form. This is reflected by the fact that Selolwane, who took the South African league by storm last season, has scored a paltry two goals since the league commenced this season. Last year, Selolwane made a name for himself by scoring 11 goals in the 20 games he appeared in. Selolwane, who is also Santos captain, now sometimes starts from the bench in some of the games. Youngsters at Santos, such as South African Under 23 international, Erwin Isaacs, and Eleazor Rodgers, seem to have taken the shine off Selolwane. Isaacs is the main menace; he is currently the second leading goal scorer in the South African Premier League.
However, several South African clubs are reported to have put their ears to the ground in regard to Selolwane?s alleged move. Since his contract will also be coming to an end soon, several South African teams are reportedly queuing for his signature because it would be cheaper to have him rather than buying him out of his contract.
When Sunday Standard Sports contacted Selolwane on the rumours, he did not want to comment.
?There is nothing I can say to you at the moment, I will only say something when the time is right,? he said.
In a previous interview with The Sunday Standard, Selolwane admitted that he had struggled with his form since the season started. He also said some of the reasons that made things difficult for him to continue scoring is the fact that at times, he switches positions such as when playing behind the strikers or on the wings.
Meanwhile, Selolwane, together with his compatriot at Santos, Mogogi Gabonamong, are expected to join the Zebras for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying game against Burundi on March 25. The two players were on self-imposed exile from the Zebras demanding allowance increment. The Public Relations Officer of the Botswana Football Association (BFA), Ishmael Mooki, confirmed to The Sunday Standard that the two players will be playing.
?I can confirm that the two players will be playing against Burundi. BFA has held fruitful discussions with the players and they are expected to join the rest of the team that is in camp soon,? he said.
Before giving their backs to the Zebras, the duo was instrumental in most of the Zebras games. During the qualifications for both 2006 AFCON and the World Cup, Selolwane emerged as one of the top goal scorers in the tournament. Mogogi, on the other hand, was instrumental in the midfield where he played blinders while at times surging forward looking for goals. He even scored against Tunisia last year when the Zebras lost 3-1.
Nevertheless, after their departure, the youngsters that filled their big boots did not let the nation down. The memorable game was against Egypt when youthful Dirang Moloi played his heart out. He mesmerized the Egyptians with his deft skills and his play was lauded as being good enough for overseas teams. His performances paid off and saw him being snapped up a Cyprus team where he currently plays.
The imminent arrival of the two players will also be a relief to the Under 23 coach, David Bright, and his assistant, Kenneth Mogae. Some of their regular players were in demand for the national team, and that allegedly created a friction between the coaches of the two teams. Many Batswana were also wondering how the situation is going to be worked out this coming week when both teams play crucial games. The Under 23s play Tunisia on Thursday for Olympic qualifying games while the senior team plays on Sunday. Moloi and Ramatlhakwane are the players that were mainly going to be affected.