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GU wins Joel race

Publishing Date : 12 August, 2019


Gaborone United have captured the signing of want away Township Rollers veteran player Joel Mogorosi. Juluka as he is affectionately called is expected to be unveiled anytime soon after penning down a one year deal with Nikholas Zakhem‘s powered club.

The move effectively ends speculation surrounding Mogorosi‘s future as Rollers player. A handful of premiership clubs including Jwaneng Galaxy and Security Systems were lining for his services as Rollers procrastinated over a new deal. The BTC premiership defending champions were considering a loan move for their newly recruited striker Kitso Mpuisang in a deal that was projected to provide another opportunity for veteran player Joel Mogorosi to stay put. But this has since hit a snag.

Mogorosi who is on the wrong side of 30 was expected to have agreed new personal terms with the team he has played for some time now, but the determination of the club’s chief financer, Jagdish Shah to offer him a pay cut at the beginning of the transfer window stalled talks. There were however, some high ranking members of the management who wanted Mogorosi to play his final season at Popa, a club he wrote his name into folklore.
“There is that idea that we want Mogorosi to sign a new deal. This therefore means one of our strikers, especially Mpuang be loaned so that we balance the striking department,” one Rollers member said. Rollers, without the inclusion of Mogorosi have recruited four strikers for this coming season. Of the four players, one is a foreigner. But Mogorosi who has been the vice-captain of the team is left in the lurch as Rollers squad travels to Tanzania for their preliminary CAF assignment against Young Africans.

This is the strategy that allowed the former BMC FC and Mochudi Center Chiefs striker to identify an opportunity at The Reds and fill a void left by Jerome Ramatlhakwane. The Zebras captain now joins another veteran player, Tshepo Motlhabankwe who are all heading-out of The Blues. GU are indeed attempting to reshuffle their attacking options this transfer window. They have Thatayaone Kgamanyane and Patrick Kabampa who are all responsible for scoring goals
The Reds management complained at times last season at the lack of productivity from their strikers but they hope that Mogorosi  and other targeted signings, aided perhaps by Obonye Maome who remains on the books, can fire an upturn.
It is clear that Mogorosi has aged and struggles to play 90 minutes but GU technical team now hopes that his personality and experience can serve to inspire the rest of the dressing room, most notably the younger players.

When reached for further clarity, Rollers media liaison Phempherethe Pheto refused to comment referring enquiries to Jagdish Shah. Mogorosi’s phone was not answered at the time of going for print. Mogorosi’s move comes as a shiny day for Orebonye who has been sacrificed a lot to accommodate Juluka both at Rollers and the Senior National Team.



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