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Rollers rejects Kaizer Chiefs striker

Publishing Date : 05 February, 2018


BTC premiership champions Township Rollers had wanted to re-kindle their interest in former Kaizer Chiefs striker, Michelle Katsvairo but their spirits were dampened by the delays and challenges often encountered when clubs sign foreign players during transfer window.

At the commencement of the season, Township Rollers and Kaizer Chiefs entered into an agreement that will later see players exchanged between the two clubs as a sign of partnership. The outcome came almost immediately when South African giants offered to loan Katsvairo to Rollers but the player chose to play further north in Tanzania.

As of last week, Gaborone giants are believed to have debated over the issue of attempting again to have the signature of the Zimbabwean striker.  However, not all were convinced that the former Chiefs player will be kind and mold that will solve the Rollers attack problems.

The team, perched at the top of the league standings is feeling the pain of letting Jerome Ramatlhakwana leave, while Mthokosize Msomi, the only available striker is still playing to deceive.  Other Rollers management members had wanted Katsvairo to be entrusted with the scoring job. But it is reported that at the end, Miscellaneous nippy striker, Bogosi Mfila was registered, cancelling all ambitions to bring the Zimbabwean born striker.

When the initial agreement was made early last year, Katsvairo was to be loaned to Rollers where Kaizer Chiefs was to continue paying him while Rollers’ only task was to pay for his accommodation. Now after being declared a free agent, Rollers are believed to have also chickened out taking into consideration the salary scale he may demand.

The 27 year old Katsvairo has been a shadow of himself ever since penning a contract last year, managing only one goal in 12 appearances. The performance sparked emotions within the team and the only option to offload him appeared as the only solution for the striker who, unbelievable has also played for the Zimbabwean national team. His performance at Tanzania is not known, but is believed to have rated way below par.

However it was Rollers that was to offer him a lifeline to resurrect his career looking at the then available attacking alternatives. Before falling out of favour, Ramatlhakwana was the main striker and Katsvairo was seen as an option for the bench.
It was believed that Katsvairo could have been 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 an altogether different and 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.

“But he had a positive mentality and 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 said.



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