NO WAY IN FOR ELVIS MELEKA
LESEGO MOLEMOGI RETURNS
Township Rollers Executive Manager Setete Phuthego is confident that the crop of players they have at the club are good enough to win the 2013/14 Championship.
The Gaborone West club currently lies second with 37 points after 17 matches played, just one point below log leaders BDF XI.
“There was a point during the first round where we were bottom of the log and detractors were already talking about relegation, but we are now second,” Phuthego said.
The former Premier League General Manager said although players were not given a chance at the start of the season they have proven that they are capable of achieving more.
“The same players managed to take the team to the Mascom Top 8 semifinal; that says a lot about this team,” he said.
Phuthego told Voice Sport during an interview that they will not be too active in the market during this January transfer window.
“We are a big club and it is no wonder that a couple of players are linked with us. However I can confirm to you that we have not written to any club enquiring about players,” he said.
Phuthego said despite rumours linking them with defending Champions Mochudi Centre Chiefs’ defensive midfielder Elvis Meleka, they have not shown any interest in the player.
“Look here, we have already exhausted our foreign quota which makes Meleka’s move to our club impossible,” said Phuthego.
Rollers signed former Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana striker Manqoba ‘Shakes’ Ngwenya whose arrival pushed out Zimbabwean William Kupera who has since joined Orapa United.
Namibian Jerome Louis and Malawian grafter Lawrence Majawa completes Popa Popa’s foreign legion.
“It will not make sense for us to sign a player from a club that is below us on the log. If he is any good he should help his club in their title ambitions,” said Phuthego.
Another player linked to Rollers was Nico United speedy winger Topo Piet, but Phuthego said the interest on the player seems to have waned.
“We were interested in a few players in August last year but most of them did not want to play for us.
Bringing them here will be disrespectful of the players who against all odds took us this far,” he said.
Phuthego further said they may need to bring one or two players to enhance what they already have: “But we cannot sign any player rejected by a local team, we are not a retirement home but a business entity,” he said.
Meanwhile Phuthego said the arrival of stocky midfielder Lesego Molemogi is another boost to the club. Molemogi has just completed his studies at Lindsey Wilson College-USA.
“Just like Edwin Moalosi he is still our player and is available to play this season,” said Phuthego.
Popa’s next assignment is a tricky away fixture to giant killers Orapa United on Saturday.
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