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Notwane announces summer of changes

Publishing Date : 17 June, 2019

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

Controversial goal keeper Michael Pepukani heads a list of players set to be released by Notwane Sporting Club as the team strive to renew and shake up a squad that never won major silver ware.

Pepukani was signed after the team was relegated to the lower tier and played a pivotal role in their rise to elite league a season ago. Also heading for the exit door is former Nico United midfielder Richard Legwaila. The nippy midfield-cum-striker also spend a trophy-less season with Notwane and the management found it fit to part ways with him.


Former Extension Gunners speedy winger Topo Piet is also a notable player who is placed on a transfer list having failed to break into the first eleven. Notwane says they have spent hundreds of Pulas for the services of these players but nothing in return has come out. The Notwane axe has also wielded on Boitumelo Bushin Modisaotsile and striker Ishmael Amposah. With Modisaotsile, Notwane management is believed to have adopted a risky decision given the amount of experience he has as a player.  


Bushin, a former GU league winner is believed to be planning retirement at his own will and this has swiftly driven the club into a terrain difficult to maneuver, as it will struggle to identify his perfect replacement. This according to club sources will push Notwane to negotiate with the defender for a possible stay. Modisaotsile has been the pillar of strength for the Toronto outfit. A defense marshaled by him usually leaks few goals especially in the last premier league matches.


The talent of these players, along with striker, Amposah, who is now above 30 should have made the case for Notwane to finally make headline impact. But the club failed dismally to even crack into the top eight bracket. But the club is happy to have survived relegation and could not go where Mochudi Centre Chiefs has gone.  Their coaches and management agree that even as a unit, they could not find an edge and this band of serial winners could not get a glimpse at glory that was achieved by a previous squad led and managed by former coach Pio Paul.


The club has also parted ways with assistant coach Michael Mogaladi with the hope to re-unite with Pontsho Moloi. Notwane is adamant that Moloi who grew under their custody as a player will accept the role of the assistant coach.  The team has also earmarked Serbian mentor Dragojol Stanjolovic as their potential head coach for next season.

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