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Rollers pursue Ngele

Publishing Date : 18 December, 2018


Township Rollers are determined to momentarily rescue Mogakolodi Ngele’s frustrating situation at Mamelodi Sundowns and sign him on a loan deal that will span for six months, from January to June of 2019. The high flying club that is run by multi-millionaire Jagdish Shah is eager revive the talent of their former attacking player but are also mindful of impending offers that  are within his sights. 

At the time of going for print, reports stated that Soweto giants, Orlando Pirates were preparing a deal he can never reject. It is said Pirates are privy of Tsotso’s uncomfortable situation at the Tshwane based outfit hence plotting a permanent January move. Rollers hope that Ngele will join partly on loan, and he will sign to play, not to inspire, as he still has age on his side. The club recruits say that there is no option built into the deal for him to join them after his deal lapses.

Sundowns over the years has developed a hard nose when negotiating for Ngele. It is said the Brazilians still admire the Botswana international but are not eager to hold discussions over his future soon.  However, Sundowns are set to lose the left-footed midfielder for free because his contract is six months away from the expiry date. Effective from next month, Ngele is free to sign a pre-contract with a team of his choice.

 On one hand, it is believed that Ngele still recognizes Pirates as one of South Africa’s leading clubs, capable of competing for the grandest prizes. In the event of leaving Sundowns for good, whom he joined from Botswana’s Township Rollers, he has always dreamt of playing for a rich paying club with more game time.

 He has enjoyed his years at Sundowns as a professional where he is loved 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. Twice Sundwons loaned him to different teams, first to BidVest Wits where he helped them win the league and secondly to Supersport United where also aided them to avoid relegation.

However as the fan-favourite, who has had an on and off relationship with the national team, Zebras, is still contracted to Sundowns and Mosimane is yet make a pronouncement on his future. Those close to developments mention that Ngele is not shocked by the stubborn position held by Pitso Mosimane and Sundowns. It’s not clear if Sundowns will surely hate losing such a prized possession to their fiercest rivals. Both teams have traded players before. Wayne Sandilands and Asabela Mbekile have left Sundowns for Pirates while Oupa Manyisa crossed the floor from Pirates to Sundowns- a scenario that gives Ngele and his negotiators adequate hope.

Zebras head Coach Major David Bright has entered affray regarding Tsotso’s lack of game time. He has made his concerns to Mosimane and Sundowns that Ngele is an international player who deserve more attention. Ngele’s domestic stock rose quickly while at Rollers in 2012. He had a successful season with Gaborone giants under the leadership of Somerset Gobuiwang where he won the Mascom top title and the maiden golden boot before Platinum Stars snatched him.



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