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Masule ponders Highlands Park move

Publishing Date : 26 June, 2018


South African Premiership rookies, Highlands Park will have to entertain a second thought over capturing the signature of Township Rollers number one stopper, Mwampule Masule following a shock realization that the giant keeper has extended his contract with Rollers.

The newly promoted side was reportedly interested in the keeper, whom they scouted at the just ended edition of the COSAFA castle challenge cup. Sources from both sides say Masule admitted to Highlands Park scouts that his contract with Rollers was about to expire, rendering him a free agent. The talks to sign him were on fast lane as the Botswana international returned home after the COSAFA tournament, this publication has been informed.

However, sources did not state exactly how Masule confused himself, but reiterate that the keeper accepted and signed a contract extension with Rollers. But when Highlanders Park further enquired about Masule, they were shocked to be presented with a new Rollers contract. The new development, which the South African outfit now fails to understand, means Masule has to be bought out of contract for him to complete the move to South Africa.

It is said Highlands Park are actually retreating and feel betrayed by the Botswana international. It is not yet known who was the representative between Masule and Highlands Park at the time of negotiations, but it is alleged that Rollers was never aware of the intended move of their stopper. What now remains for Masule is to terminate his new contract with Rollers lest the glorious opportunity before him falls apart.  “He actually does not have a choice, the only available option is to terminate, but those guys are not happy,” a source shared.

Masule would be the third goal keeper to be signed by a South African outfit. Modiri Marumo was playing for Polokwane City while Kabelo Dambe was first signed by Platinum Stars before Bloemfontein Celtic snatched him. Masule as good as he is, has been playing second fiddle to both Kabelo Dambe and Keagile Kgosipula at Rollers’ goal posts. He returned to the first eleven few days before the league ended following Kgosipula’s shoulder injury.

It is said the South African outfit started monitoring the keeper when Rollers was playing a Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions league game against Esperance of Tunisia. Although the keeper conceded four goals, he was believed to have displayed man of the match performance where Esperance could have scored more than 4 goals. Should the negotiations get back to normalcy, Masule will be the second Botswana international to be signed by the club after hard tackling midfielder Phemelo Ditsile made the move two seasons ago.



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