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Chiefs’ Katsvairo joins Rollers

Publishing Date : 31 July, 2017


Township Rollers will be smiling all the way to the new season after South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs loaned them a striker named Michelle Katsvairo. The two teams faced off in a friendly match last weekend that ended in a 1-1 draw.

The two teams concluded the agreement last weekend according to sources. The Zimbabwean will have his wage paid by Chiefs with Rollers concerned only about his accommodation.  The forward is expected to enhance the team’s attacking option after the plans of signing Tanzanian striker Rashid Mandawa miscarried.

When contacted for comment Township Rollers Communication Manager Bafana Pheto declined to comment on the issue. ”Check Jag Dish he could be aware, as of me I’m oblivious of anything of that sort.” Repeated attempts to solicit comment from Jag Dish Shah could not materialize as his mobile number was not going through until the time of print. The 27 year old Katsvairo has been a shadow of himself ever since penning a contract last year at Kaizer Chiefs, managing only one goal in 12 appearances. The performance sparked emotions within the team with offloading appearing to be the only solution for the striker who has also played for the Zimbabwean national team.

However it is Rollers that has offered him a chance to resurrect his career making him one of its attacking options. Jerome Ramatlhakwana could be the main striker with Katsvairo coming in as a substitute. Katsvairo can be an enthralling footballing force on a good day. His combination of speed, strength and industry makes him a constant source of menace for opposing defenses and at 27, he has reached a stage where the experience gained enables one to perform more consistently. The only way the striker could cope in the normally frustrating local league however is to have mental strength to complete his stay here which can be a much more challenging undertaking.

“He was not a very skillful player when he arrived here (at Aces Academy) as a kid, certainly he is not as talented as Musona,” Marc Duvillard who worked with the striker during his formative years was quoted as saying about the player. “But he had a positive mentality and he was determined to work hard. He worked on his technique and improved a lot. He is very fast not just in terms of running but also in terms of his anticipation,” he added. “He is not a target man though. He needs space and we often played him as a second striker or on the wings,” he added further. Now it is upon Nikola Kavazovic, Teenage Mpote and Dragjolio Stanolovich to mould him into one of the menacing goal scorers this season.  Mapalastina are expected to kick off the new season with an away fixture against new arrivals Tafic on the 19th of August.



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