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Bright irked by sidelined Ngele

Publishing Date : 03 October, 2017

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

Senior National Team Coach, Major David Bright along with the  Botswana Football Association (BFA) are contemplating engaging  Mamelodi Sundowns’ head coach, Pitso Mosimane over the conditions of play of star player, Mogakolodi ‘ Tsotso’ Ngele.


This came to light following the announcement of the Zebras team that will play the Independence Day celebratory tie against The Walia Ibex of Ethiopia. The local football body and the coach believe that Ngele, as a senior squad player is supposed to play regularly so as to benefit his country at the end of the day. “I will engage the association to assist us in talking with Pitso Mosimane; we are of the view that Tsotso has to be conditioned to get back to his level best. His absence deeply troubles us,” Bright said.


Ngele’s situation with former African champions, Mamelodi Sundowns has grown precarious since his glittering stay in South Africa. He joined the moneyed Pretoria based outfit three seasons ago after scintillating showing with Platinum Stars. Sundowns, who showed interest in the pencil slim striker, have surprisingly given him only a few minutes on the pitch before loaning him to Bidvest Wits a season ago. Pundits say it is a sign that he is not needed. He was first believed to be part of the deal that saw striker Sibusiso Vilakazi moving to Sundowns from Wits. But later it emerged that Ngele was on a long season loan.


The talented Botswana player however continued to be on the upward trajectory at Wits and rightly so, was one of the fundamental pieces of the Wits squad that won the league last season. But as fate would have it, Ngele was seemingly not part of Gavin Hunt’s plans for his squad. The Wits coach has since allowed Ngele to return to the Tshwane outfit, and worryingly, the player with a dangerous left foot, has not featured for Sundowns thus far. It is reported that he is training with Sundowns reserves.


He might not admit it, but it appears that the former Under 23 coach believes that Mosimane is ill-treating Ngele. Before the close of transfer of players late in August, it was speculated that Ngele might be heading to another South African giant, Orlando Pirates, but no one knows exactly what happened in the days that followed. Ngele is one of the players who once stormed out of Zebras camp after a heavy fall out with former Zebras coach Peter Butler, but a few weeks later, the soft spoken youngster apologized for his way ward attitude.


Although Ngele’s strength of character cannot be underestimated, Bright believes that Mosimane should be consulted to help in Ngele‘s situation. Bright gave the player the captain’s armband a few months ago when Zebras played Mauritania in the group stages of AFCON 2019. Tsotso’s performance on the international stage cannot be doubted. But since his move to Mamelodi Sundowns, psychological aspects to his play have always been on the rise.

...I also need Nato


Coach Bright is also concerned about the hibernation of experienced midfielder Ofentse Nato in football. The 28 year old player is not attached to any team-something which is giving Bright a constant headache. “I have met him and we are still going to meet to understand why he left the national team, because it’s silly things which can be corrected,” he said. The Zebras coach believes Nato is an important cogwheel in the national team considering the fact that the backline is always caught wanting. “I still need him in the team, he is an important player. I have advised him to join a stable team maybe in South Africa because age is catching up with him,” Bright said on Wednesday morning.


The maverick coach who will be playing his third game dismissed the Indian Super League where Nato has been plying his trade at. “The Indian league is more like a constituency league, you play three months then break and without any competition for that matter. It’s not good for a player of his calibre but we need him in the team.” For a long time the player has not been playing actively, save for training sessions he had with Gaborone United. Size 10, as Nato is fondly called was dismissed from the national team camp by Peter Butler who pointed indiscipline issues as the main reason.

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