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Tsotso to dump Leopards

Publishing Date : 09 December, 2019

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

Mogakolodi Tsotso Ngele believes that his situation at Black Leopards is irreversible and has decided that he needs to leave the club that sought to revive his football career, sources close to the developments have revealed.


Ngele has featured once, coming on as a second half substitute, and has since struggled for game time. The Botswana international player who was signed and announced alongside veteran Thuso Phala, has failed to impress Leopards management to this date, this is why he is spending much of his time on the sidelines. It is said Ngele’s future at Thohoyandou- a location where Black Leopards is based- has encountered problems of many kinds. His future is believed to have been dulled by injuries and a confidence that strangely refused to bloom.


The player is also said to have broken ranks with Leopards management where he shocked them when playing for the senior national team, albeit claiming to be suffering from a thigh injury. Ngele signed a two year deal, but as things stand, the left footed midfielder is heading out with roughly a year remaining on his contract.  He is believed to be earning close to R50 000 after tax deductions. The lifestyle and living conditions at Thohoyandou are also seen as factors that further complicate Ngele’s situation, hence the sudden collapse of concentration in football.


As things unfold, it is reported that Jwaneng Galaxy and Township Rollers are both monitoring Ngele’s situation. It remains to be seen if Ngele will return to Rollers or will seek a new involvement with a new club in the mould of Galaxy.  But sources claim that Ngele is more interested in Galaxy and the dream move is anticipated to happen sometime next year June.


Ngele is said to be represented by Tim Sukazi, who still hopes that the player’s breakthrough career is worth fighting for. When signed by high spending Mamelodi Sundowns, Ngele was represented by Mike Makaab, also a renowned football agent in South Africa. It is growing precarious for Ngele who was chained for longer spells at Sundowns. But when a move to Leopards was announced, there was a high expectation that the player was nearing his breakthrough season.


Sundowns over the years had developed a hard nose when negotiating for Ngele. It was said the Brazilians admired the Botswana international but why they could not afford him more game time was not known.  However, Sundowns eventually lost the left footed midfielder for free to Black Leopards.  When signing for Leopards, Ngele said he recognizes the club as one of South Africa’s growing clubs, capable of competing for the grandest prizes.


Without doubt, he enjoyed his years at Sundowns as a professional where he is feted by the supporters, but when he left, he felt that the time was right to move on. It is impossible to dispute the value and service that he has given to the club. Twice Sundowns loaned him to different teams, first to the BidVest Wits where he helped them win the league and secondly to Supersport United where he also aided them to avoid relegation. It remains to be seen if Ngele will eventually cope at Leopards, but what does not inspire faith is his decaying relationship with management at the early stages of his Leopards career.

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