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Rollers gun for GU danger-man

Publishing Date : 16 April, 2018

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

Pretenders to the BTC premiership throne and Mascom Top 8 champions, Township Rollers have made it a mission to unsettle the Gaborone United camp. After having first cajoled winger Kabelo Seakanyeng, Rollers is reportedly gunning for dreadful striker, Tumisang Teenage Orebonye and are persuading him to dump The Reds for a more fulfilling career with them.


But Orebonye’s future has been a subject of major discussion, as he has been pushing for a move away from Gaborone United. He is reported to be nursing a recurring knee injury and was a strong contender for the Golden boot prior to the injury.  However, some GU faithfuls are not taking his personal medical bulletin entirely at face value. Some believe it is a worrying sign if he is not to report back for GU training especially after speculation got intense about Rollers’ interest in him.  There are those who believe the player might be faking the injury to complete negotiations with Rollers.


It is reported that in December last year; Rollers almost snatched the productive striker but former GU financier Nicholas Zakhem had to rescue the situation at the eleventh hour. Meanwhile, indications are that Orebonye wants to leave the ailing GU and join high flying Township Rollers. A few other high-profile clubs are interested in him, including Jwaneng Galaxy, but he reportedly favours a move to Rollers and wants follow a route taken by his homeboy, Edwin Olerile who also left GU for Jagdish Shah’s project.


Orebonye is reported to have one year to run on his contract and he has shown no inclination to sign another one, despite the club indicating its interest to keep him until an abroad move finally comes. It is believed that Orebonye, like any other player in the league, recognises Rollers as one of the country's leading clubs, capable of competing for the grandest prizes. In the event of leaving GU, whom he joined from Motlakase Power Dynamos, he has always dreamt of playing for a rich paying club.


Rollers is struggling with ageing strikers, and their import goal poacher, Mthokozisi Msomi is highly likely to be released to accommodate the GU man. Orebonye has enjoyed his years at The Money Machine, where he is feted by the supporters, but feels that the time is right to move on. It is impossible to dispute the value and service that he has given to the club, with two of the last seasons being his best.


Those close to developments mention that Orebonye who is the second placed GU top goal scorer is yet to be shocked by the stubborn position held by his employers. GU will surely hate losing such a prized possession to their cross- town rivals. The United management has a reputation of being tough negotiators but for Orebonye, the second offer from Rollers is one that should be impossible to refuse.


Given the conditions at Gaborone United, those close to the striker cannot believe that United will be blocking what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a rare talent which has unfortunately only ever flattered to deceive. It is believed that GU is merely maintaining that their prized asset is not for sale, particularly to Rollers. In all essence, Orebonye  is worth to Rudolph Zapata’s team is obvious but the player might as well be feeling that there comes a point when it is unfair to hold somebody to the terms of his contract.


GU  seems to be breaking a sweat over persistent questions about Orebonye’s future, and they have since stuck to the position that he is not available for business; repeatedly stating that it is impossible for a deal to be struck with a rival club. But this time around when GU’s Secretary General City Senne was asked about the player, he said, “the player has made several attempts to leave the club, but all has been ironed out and an agreement is that he will be staying.”

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