Fresh reports have this week linked former Zebras coach Peter Butler to a shock move to BTC premiership outfit Gaborone United. This comes after Bulter’s short lived spell at South African PSL outfit Platinum Stars. This week reports came in thick and fast that Butler will be returning to local football as part of GU. The controversial and outspoken Butler parted ways with Dikwena after only two games into the 2017/2018 Absa Premiership. Butler who divided opinion while at the helm of Zebras encountered a dreadful run before he was unceremoniosly frog marched out of Dikwena camp. Butler who mercilessly dumped Zebras a few months ago lost games against Mazitburg United and Cape Town City respectively.
The former Zebras coach is however expected to takeover at Gaborone United as the Technical Director to relaunch his second stint in Botswana football. “He is expected to take the position of Technical Director. However many local football observers are tipping Butler to replace Argentine coach Rudlof Zapata early this coming season,” a source close to the matter revealed.
The unconvesional Zapata has recently been accused of isolating his assistant coach Steven Maposa. Zapata’s training regume has allegedly taken a toll on his players with Dirang Moloi having been the first to storm out of a mountain climbing training session. The Argentine has been accused of playing an ineffective eleven aside football which does not bare any fruits to the Old Naledi based outfits.
Furthermore, Butler is said to be a very handy associate to GU’s prime investor Nicolas Zakhem having been suspected of influencing Zakhem to lure players such as Kabelo Seakanyeng, Thato Ogopotse, Moatlhodi Ralesotla and Hendrick Moyo to Moyagolele.
In an interview with BG Sport this week GU Secretary Lepholetha City Senne denounced the allegations as just hear say. “This is news to my ears, I believe it is nothing but rumors because we haven’ t had any dealings with Butler,” Senne said.
Senne said they have been busy oiling the Money machine for the upcoming BTC Premership season. “We have been busy preparing the team but I don’t believe we could have missed such big news, we have currently assembled an a formidable team and we are looking to out perform our rivals.”
Rumors and speculations surrounding local midfielder Mogakolodi ‘Tsotso’ Ngele’s future at South African PSL club Mamelodi Sundowns continue to swirl. The Zebras star is currently linked to SA PSL giant Orlando Pirates as the transfer window nears to a close in the neighboring country.
Ngele, who was on a loan spell at Bidvest Wits, has recently returned to his mother Club Mamelodi Sundowns after a successful season, which saw the attacking midfielder win two trophies (MTN Top 8 and Absa Premiership) under the tutelage of veteran coach Gavin Hunt.
The former Township Rollers player is well known for his scoring prowess and his technique on the ball. Ngele has been a thorn to all the South African footballing giants including Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and his parent Club Mamelodi Sundowns in recent years.
Pirates are currently searching at Chloorkop for the 27 year old’s signature. However Mamelodi Sundowns headcoach Pitso Mosimane has made it clear that they will not sell Ngele as he fears the striker will come back to haunt them.
Having finished outside the top 8 bracket and having registered their most horrible season ever, Pirates evidently need the service of Ngele more than any other PSL club, Pirates coach Kjell Jonevret will highly appreciate someone of Tsotso’s work rate having had a legion of supporters rallying behind him and accusing players of not being committed to the club.
A move to Orlando Pirates has been on the cards for several years now. Since 2014 the player has been linked with the Soweto giants in what could be big money move. Ngele proved too expensive for Bidvest Wits and will certainly mean Orlando Pirates will also have to dig deep inside their pocket if they need to land the midfielder.
Orlando Pirates will need to be quick on their mark as the transfer window curtains are set to close in a few weeks if they indeed need the service of the world class Ngele. The midfield maestro will be the second player from Botswana to sign for Pirates after Phenyo Mongala’s short successful spell at the club.
The 2016/17 BTC premiership champions Township Rollers will tomorrow (Saturday) take on South African PSL giants Kaizer Chiefs at the Francistown Sports Complex.
The match is an International friendly that will see Rollers care taker coach Mogomotsi ‘Teenage’ Mpote attempt to reverse a 2-0 defeat against Steve Khompela’s charges last weekend in South Africa.The one-day season Maize Cup pre -Season friendly tournament saw Mapalastina failing to contain the might of Kaizer Chiefs, who obviously had come into the game full force.
In an interview with BG Sport this week, Rollers mouthpiece Bafana Pheto, expressed confidence that the MmMasire lads will be able to avenge their loss against the SA giants.
In a brief interview, Pheto said they lost to the South African outfit because they played the match in the absence of their key players. He is however confident that this time around, they will give their opponents a run for their money.
The soft-spoken Pheto added that the Maize Cup tournament came as a blessing in disguise. “Our friendly games against Chiefs have always been there, but the maize cup made it more interesting, that was a test drive and now we have managed to identify our weak points which will surely come in handy tomorrow,” he said.
According to Pheto, Chiefs do not pose a serious threat to them and tomorrow’s encounter will surely be used to level the scores between the two teams.Through their partnership with the multiple PSL champions, Pheto said the Blues are able to prepare fully for the new BTC premiership season that is expected to kick start sometime next month.
Meanwhile Pheto also noted that they are still processing the team’s new head coach Nikola Kavazovic’s official papers but assured that they expect him to be in action before commencement of the league.Tickets are selling at P 100 grandstand, P70 Panda and P50 elsewhere. According to Pheto they expect the Francistown Sports Complex to be full on Saturday, adding that the tournament is also aimed at quenching the thirst for football action in the northern part of the country.