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Rollers identify ‘Talk-Talk’ replacement

Publishing Date : 15 May, 2018

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

Gaborone United’s right back Jackson Lesole is tipped as a potential replacement for Township Rollers veteran player Tshepo Motlhabankwe as the former enters the doorstep of a glittering football career.


Lesole, a former Motlakase Power Dynamos defender is among the exodus at United and is expected to finalise a deal with the high paying Rollers in the not-so-distant future. Reports speculate that Motlhabankwe will not be given a contract extension at the end of the season although this is not proudly maintained at the heart of the Jagdish Shah led outfit. There is information to the effect that Rollers might offer the player a six months extension, but in any case, it is believed that Lesole is joining Rollers to fill Motlhabankwe’s shoes.


There is no doubt that time has sped past Motlhabankwe, and it is no wonder the team cannot afford to rest on its laurels in search of his perfect replacement. ‘Talk Talk’ as he is affectionately known, is a player with the global game at his feet, although now well in the wrong side of 30; he has claimed titles with almost every team he has played for. He has been a match winner at Township Rollers, Mochudi Centre Chiefs and remarkably with struggling sides like BMC FC and Extension Gunners. In all conceivable ways, it is an experience that is now tested in the ongoing CAF Champions league.


Motlhabankwe’s game throughout the seasons has never been raw and on international duty, the potential was enormous. The player’s thrust and goal threat has caught the attention and admiration of the country. To date, his career has been a pursuit of self improvement.  This is a player who endlessly encourages other players to give their all. Those close to him say he was never discouraged by late stiff competition and instead, put his club first. Such an entourage is common with old players, but it is rare with domestic ones.


His commitment is a total reflection on the way he was brought up. He is competitor of astute qualities who knows when to speak and work. The young Lesole will no doubt fill a bigger vacuum left by Motlhabankwe. Lesole’s strength of character, though, should not be underestimated. He has always known what he wanted, from when he left home to join Motlakase, to battling through a testing start at GU, where, at the time of his arrival, talent was over pouring.

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