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Mpote for GU job

Publishing Date : 12 June, 2018

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

Township Rollers rejected assistant coach Mogomotsi Mpote is reported to be in talks with Gaborone United (GU) management about possibilities of succeeding Rudolph Zapata in the next coming season.


Information reaching Weekendsport suggests that GU is eyeing Mpote with hopes that he can help rebuild the club which spent the second half of the season embattled with issues ranging from players’ welfare and ultimately players’exodus. Those in the thick of things say the troubled Gaborone outfit‘s eagerness to offer Mpote a contract next season would not be deflected even if the club is divided on the way forward.


Some say the club still intends to recall Zapata while others argue that a local coach can never lead a team of United’s stature. Despite the club’s very secret courting of the former Rollers assistant coach, there remains the possibility that Philemon Makhwengwe could compete for the post as he too, is a favourite at the now deflated Gaborone giants because of his sterling performances with Prisons XI.


It is not yet clear if Mpote will gladly accept the GU offer, but what remains unchallenged is the fact that he has proven his mettle with Rollers, winning the league with a side that consists players who are often difficult to manage. Mpote told Weekendsport that he is ready to return to what he knows best after Nikola Kavazovic, Rollers coach, gave him the boot a few days after the season began. He however insisted that there was nothing concrete he can discuss regarding the alleged GU move.


“Yes it is true, I am leaving Township Rollers, I have made my decision and I believe it is time to move on. I need to accelerate my football coaching career because time is slowly catching up with me,” he said. He concedes that there was no way he could have continued working with Kavazovic. But when further pressed on why he left Rollers, Mpote sugar coated words and said, “I am a professional, not an amateur, you all know what he(Nikola) has been saying about me, but this may be as a result of inferiority complex or jealousy.”


When Kavazovic arrived at Rollers, Mpote had been previously crowned coach of the season for his outstanding performance. The possibility that GU that finished sixth in the Premier League may not mount a serious challenge  for next year top honours  has however, been mooted as a potential obstacle to Mpote’s contract acceptance.


While that would have serious and or little  implications for the club's attempts to balance the books where finances is always an issue ( particularly last season), sources close to the negotiations have suggested Teenage Mpote would actually not be discouraged from joining the side should the team fail to find attractive sponsors. Indeed, he could consider it an even greater challenge.


It remains to be seen whether the coach will accept the GU hierarchy, despite the acceptance that further significant squad strengthening will take place in the next coming transfer window.  Most of their players are reported to be heading for GU exit door. There is no doubt that Mpote, if he finally comes, will be rebuilding the club back to its glory days. While GU will only publicly address the coach situation in the coming transfer window, discussions have been taking place for some time behind the scenes and the club has aslso sounded out potential replacements if Mpote turns them away.

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