Ecco City Greens are under threat of player mass exodus in this coming transfer window.
With only four months left before Botswana Meat Commission terminates its sponsorship the team is already fighting tooth and nail to hold on to its key players.
Only among the few teams to have managed to hold on to players, the termination of sponsorship seems to have rocked the boat.
The reliable left back Ontse Ntesa is already in the books of 2013 league Champions Mochudi Centre Chiefs.
Although Chiefs officials did not want to discuss the issue, Voice Sport has it on good authority that the burly defender has already received P40 000 as sign on fee.
Manich as he is affectionately called is one of the best left backs in the country and his move south to a team which was recently linked with multi millionaire Sayed could Jamali just be his biggest break yet.
Magosi Public Relations Officer Clifford Mogomotsi flatly denied signing the Ecco defender as they are still awaiting the team’s response to give them permission to talk to the player.
“We are still waiting for their response then we will discuss his move. We need to replace our key players who left for DRC recently,” he said.
Mogomotsi said with the eminent departure of Mara Moloi and Galabgwe Moyana who are in negotiations with the newly promoted Polokwane City FC.
“The technical team has also shown interest in the services Tafic defender Kago Nfila and Bonolo Fraiser from Nico United,” said Mogomotsi.
Other players set to leave the 2006 league Champions are Tendai Nyumasi, Patrick Lenyeletse and goalkeeper Chamunorwa Madamombe.
The latter is linked with a move to the soon to be re-branded BMC while the former are rumoured to be on their way to the newly promoted Orapa United.
Speaking to Voice Sport this week Ecco Secretary General Moses Jackson said only two teams have declared their interest on some of their players.
He said with the quality of players they have it was only natural for some teams to ant to lure such players to their squads.
“Rollers want to register our striker Patrick Lenyeletse whose contract is valid until December while Chiefs want Ntesa, his contract runs until end of June,” he said.
Jackson said they have not yet responded to both Rollers and Chiefs as they are still negotiating with the players with hope that they will agree to extend their contracts.
“We still need their services,” said Jackson.
He said Lenyeletse is still their player unless Rollers opts to buy him out of contract.
He also said he does not believe that there is any local team that can buy their Zimbabwean players Madamombe and Nyumasi as their contracts are valid until 2016.
Jackson said most of his players are on contract and their defender Friday Radisoeng this week extended signed a new two year contract with the club.
Meanwhile Jackson said they are still struggling to find a buyer for the club and still waiting for responses from approached companies.
He said this whole situation of players linked to other teams is not because BMC has pulled out.
“Most teams don’t have sponsors but they still able to hold on to their players,” he said.