Thursday, July 18, 2024

Transfer speculation gains momentum

It is that time of the year again when several teams are in panic mood because they stand to lose their valuable players to other clubs.

Already, speculations and rumours are flying thick and fast on the players likely to be either offloaded or signed by other teams.

Normally, the big transfer news is when local players make a move to a club outside Botswana especially South Africa.

Already four Township Rollers players were on trials at the South African Premier League defending champions, Supersport United, and there is a strong possibility that one of them might sign for the Pretoria-based side. The four players are goalkeeper Kabelo Dambe, Joel Mogorosi, Edwin Olerile and Lawrence Majawa.

Information reaching Sunday Standard is that one player who appears to have impressed the most is Mogorosi and if he signs he will join compatriots, Diphetogo Selolwane and Mogogi Gabonamong.
Gabonamong has signed a pre-contract with Supersport because his contract with his team, Cape Town Santos, is coming to an end in June. This means Santos have no choice but to let him go because if he stays until the end of his contract, they would not benefit from his sale despite enormous investment they made on him.

Rollers might also sign a highly rated Cameroon international midfielder. The player has been training with Rollers for the past week and the technical team is already singing praises of him.
He is reported to possess almost all qualities needed from a player and, if signed, it would be further bad news for those midfielders who have been struggling to see much action. Even those commanding regular places have to pull up their socks.

Rollers are also reported to be still interested in two Santos players, Thato Bolwelweng and Mogakolodi ‘Tsotso’ Ngele.
Rollers wanted to sign the players in the past transfer window but some disputes between the two teams stalled the move.

Rollers are also on the verge of releasing several players who are struggling to gain game time and some teams are reported to be already watching the developments closely.

At Mochudi Centre Chiefs, it is reported to be not just raining but pouring and this could see several of their top and experienced players leaving.

The main reason for the rumoured exodus is that the team is in financial straits to the extent that they are finding it hard to pay their players.

The situation is reported to be so bad that several players have been receiving half of their salaries for the past three months.

Some big teams are reported to have splashed cash to entice influential Centre Chiefs players to join them.


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