Business slow as January transfer market opens
It is that time of the year again when the football transfer window opens opportunities for players the world over to seek new homes. The moves are often made in haste as quick fixes for clubs in a crisis, or are money spinning initiatives that later come to haunt those who sell their prized assets.
Much closer to home there hasn’t been much player movement in the opening week of the transfer market. Focus has been mostly on the national team and in the absence of revenue normally derived from gate-takings, local clubs are thinking primarily about retaining players, not adding to them. Botswana Football Association (BFA) President, David Fani, confirmed to Voice Sport that the January transfer window was officially open and that the BFA structures have all been notified. “We will not be extending it because according to FIFA standards it should last for 30 days only.
So it will last until the end of the month,” Fani explained, dismissing rumours that the BFA will extend the window because of the AFCON qualifiers. Premier League pacesetters Mochudi Centre Chiefs,who have opened up an eight-point gap at the top of the table and are looking to wrap up the season as early as possible, are said to be finalising transfer negotiations with their former player, Dirang Moloi. Chiefs Chairman, Ernest Molome confirming the developments to Voice Sport last Wednesday night said: “I will be meeting with Notwane Chairman, Molebatsi Molebatsi whose team was said to be having a contract with Moloi.
The boy needs to start playing because he still has so much talent. We have agreed on personal terms and he will report for training when we resume next week.“In addition we will be bringing in Zimbabwean forward Tendai Ndoro, and we hope to finalise the move with his team soon. I can also confirm that contrary to speculation we will be keeping influential attacking midfielder Pontsho Moloi.”
Defending Champions Township Rollers appear to be ‘downsizing’ and have already off loaded six players.
The six are Mahommed Chawila, Musonda Mweuka, Thandwa Moreki and senior players Amos Godirwang and Kgomari Mothuba together with new signing Toy Moroka , who was still familiarising himself with the elite league after he was signed from first division side Jwaneng Comets.
Rollers Managing Director, Somerset Gobuiwang confirmed the exits. “We have made a decision to off-load some of the players and like we said in the official statement on our website, reasons vary and we are not going to go into details. We will however be making a few additions to the team. We will be looking at a new Zambian defender who has already trialled with us as well as a striker. These will just be a few additions as we already have a team,” Gobuiwang explained.
Francistown based ECCO City Greens lost their long time Zimbabwean forward, Mandlaenkosi Sibanda to their brothers in the beef industry, BMC. The player’s contract came to an end in December and before he left for the Christmas holidays, Voice Sport has it on good authority that he had already signed a pre-contract with his new team.
The meat boys had lost Sageby Sandaka to his former club Gaborone United, and Coach Daniel Nare was quick to rope in a replacement. “It is true that we have signed Mandlaenkosi Sibanda to beef up our strike force. I’m also considering bringing in a local goalkeeper because unlike strikers we don’t need to look beyond the borders as we have plenty of those in Botswana.”