Saturday, March 6, 2021

Transfer window has closed in the midst of play uncertainties

The transfer business among clubs that was opened the beginning of last year December has finally been closed this past Friday.

With an anticipation of the return of action this year when the transfer window opened, it seems now it was not really worth it after all, said Kagiso Kgaogano, football analyst.

“Even though it was a slow transfer unlike the previous ones, a good number of teams have participated in this business. The only problem is that it ends without a league and clubs will never know if they made the right decision or not in their pick due to no play,” he said.

“Another thing that I have noticed for example, Sua Flamingoes just lost a coach ‘Major David Bright’ and before securing a coach they already did signing up through team officials. This act is not good because they can end up signing players that the coach cannot use,” he added.

Pointing out that many teams lack consistence in keeping players for a little than having them for two seasons. And because of this we tend to see some players always being on the move.

Teams such as Masitaoka, Morupule Wonderers, Orapa United and Notwane FC are a few teams that took part in the transfer. For Toronto, they signed former Township Rollers defender Kaone Vanderwesthuizen, while Lungisani Fanyana has parted ways with the club.

According to football analyst, Citie Keagakwa, the transfer was not bad as teams were given three months to make their decision; even so, they were a lot of late minute confirmation and this on its own is not good because players are ambassadors of their teams. An early transfer gives supporters a chance to embrace and appreciate players signed.

“Having a transfer is fine but we have bigger issues as a country, we are facing a pandemic and we have a league without sponsor. If clubs commit to signing players without a league how are they going to pay them, how are they going to live up to the contract signed,” he said.

He however pointed out that since the transfer window has been closed it now puts pressure on Botswana Football League (BFL) and Botswana Football Association (BFA) to come up with ways to ensure football returns.

Morupule Wonderers signed 16 players and released 19 players. Security Systems has signed Letlhogonolo Chenjela midfielder from Jwaneng Galaxy, Larona Modisaemang Defender from Matebejana, Tawana Mbakile and Tebogo Kopelang.

 He added that even the power houses clubs have had their fair share of the transfer business, and we wait on time for the league to resume and see if teams made right choices.

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