Last year’s basketball league runners-up Spartans have lost their key player Teko “The Jay” Sekgwama to archrivals and last year champions, Troopers.
Troopers’ coach William Nyangu confirmed that they have signed Sekgwama and are ready to use him come the beginning of the season.
“He expressed interest in joining us and we signed him. He is a quality player and we are going to use him this season to add depth to our squad,” said Nyangu.
He said said even though his team seems to have all positions well covered, he still needs players like Sekgwama to strengthen his team.
Nyangu said Sekgwama would be key when his team defends the league title. “We play many games like the Championships and the league and we need many players for that, especially talented ones like Sekgwama,” he said. Nyangu, known for his emphasis on versatility, said he is going to use Sekgwama in different positions.
He stressed that he might use him as a three guard or a small forward. Spartans coach Bobobotho Ratsoma was a worried man that his key player has joined his rivals.
He said he only heard rumours that Sekgwama was joining Troopers. He said the transfer is not yet confirmed as the teams are still on break.
Losing Segwama will be a huge loss, he said but made assurances that his team has enough depth and would not be affected by losing one or two players.
“It is worrying to lose a prolific player like Segwama. But we have a big squad and we will find players who can replace him,” said Ratsoma.
Ratsoma said they already have players like the experienced Mothusi Gaborone who can close the gap left.
Sekgwama is not the only key man going. Ketlwaelo Rahube is also heading to Cadets when the season starts.
Also adding salt injury is the expected retirement of two experienced players. Captain and National Championship Best Defender award winner Mothusi Thipe has announced that he want to retire just after the end of last season.
Another player expected to retire is Kealeboga Segola, who was also key when Spartans clinched the league title in 2012.
Segola’s retirement, after an impressive career of over ten years, has decided has however not yet been made official.
Ratsoma said he needs the retired players and as the management they are trying to persuade them to continue playing at least for one or two seasons. “Our captain, Thipe always puts up brilliant performances and has shown it by winning several awards. He is still fit and can run, defend and leap like youngsters on the court,” said Ratsoma.
Ratsoma said even though he regrets the retirement of his experienced players, young players are always waiting in the wings to take over.
He also said his team is doing enough to recruit those who can replace the retiring players and those who have joined other clubs.
Troopers on the other hand are busy boosting their squad ahead the season. Eugene Ndaba (from Police) will be joining the league title holders. Youngsters Kabo Sedirwa, Lesedi Bosekeng and Kabelo Therego who said to be “fresh from school” will be joining the basketball giants when the season starts.
However Spartans have not announced any transfer or their wish list.
The league kicks off on 28 March.