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GU pounces on Jay-Jay

Publishing Date : 07 January, 2019

Author : KETUMILE RAMATITI

Gaborone United is on the verge of acquiring the services of former national team striker Jerome Ramatlhakwana after Orapa United did not renew his contract.


The forward joined Orapa United during the same transfer window last year and impressed the club’s technical team scoring a brace in his first match. However the player felt out of favour as the technical bench preferred Omaatla Kebatho and Cameroonian forward Christian Joel Ntouba Epoupa who they got from Zimbabwe’s Dynamos on a two-year contract.


The former Township Rollers was used sparingly without regular game something which made him surplus to requirements. Nonetheless it was expected that with Epoupa back to his native country because of failure to ‘acclimatize and diet’ Teenage Mpote who has been replaced by Tomas Trucha would have kept the striker. All the while, one man’s loss is another’s gain. Gaborone United are said to have been licking their lips and their tails are up following the decision by Orapa not to renew his contract.


The Reds have been struggling to score goals with their striker Patrick Kabamba wasting glorious chances. The team has been relying on attacking midfielders for goals and the arrival of the natural striker like Ramatlhakwana will solve the team woes. GU has the entire arsenal to make an impact-Dirang Moloi, Jackie Mothatego and other enterprising wingers- but one lacking thing has been a striker who could score goals consistently.


By far the team is yet to make any public announcement but for sure GU is expected to be the busiest team in the transfer market. They seek a reputable position at the end of the season. Further, the Reds want to eliminate city rivals Township Rollers in the Mascom Top Eight semi-finals and go all the way to win the tournament they last won in 2015. The arrival of the Orange FA Cup is another factor pressing the team to bolster their side. Apart from Ramatlhakwana it is said the team desperately want Ofentse Nato who has not seen a regular game time at Rollers. All these intentions are motivated by the return of businessman Nickolas Zackhem to the team.


ORAPA RELEASES GALENAMOTLHALE

Meanwhile the Ostriches are said to have released central midfielder Lesego Galenamotlhale who has a torrid time because of injuries. The club though it is shy to come out clear on the matter believes the Moshupa born player has never had any significance in the ostrich nest.
The matter is so severe that it has reached Football Union Botswana (FUB) offices with reports that the team even freezed player’s monthly wages. Galenamotlhale got fractured in Orapa’s pre-season friendly against Prisons X1. The team after acquiring a new mentor Tomas Trucha will not sign any players to fill the vacancies.

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