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Jomo returns to the elite league

Publishing Date : 04 February, 2020

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

Former national team midfielder-cum striker Moemedi ‘Jomo’ Moatlhaping has agreed and finalized a move to yet another premier league club, Police XI, having been sweet-talked by the team’s influential minds into ignoring less intriguing offer from his former club Molepolole City Stars.

The veteran player was on Mochudi Center Chiefs books, playing at the First Division league with a dream of helping them achieve an immediate premier league return. But ‘Jomo’ as he is known in football circles was unable to ignore the pull of Police XI, the one more club at which he seeks to write his name into folklore and also re-unite with former coach, Mike Sithole. Jomo will join Police XI for the remainder of the season and is expected to be offered a competitive contract should he impress.

Two seasons ago, he had a successful season with Sharps where he won the Debswana First Division South title championship under Paul’s tutelage. Sharps qualified for the top 8 competition with Jomo playing a pivotal role.But as this season is growing old, Jomo is expected to be guided-once again- by Mike Sithole to mount a serious challenge for this year’s silver ware.

Police XI have reshuffled their attacking options over a period of last season.The team’s technical team complained bitterly this season at the lack of productivity from their attackers but they hope that the ever-consistent Bonolo Fraizer and Moatlhaping, aided perhaps by Tendai Nyumasi who remains on the books, can fire an upturn.
All the while, it is said Moatlhaping will not be an immediate first-choice selection but Sithole hopes that his personality and experience will serve to inspire the rest of the attacking options, most notably the young inexperienced players.

Police XI have always sought to have leaders in their squad, players who have won big games and can bolster the collective belief. Their signing of Nyumasi who was formerly with Orapa United- last season was rooted, in part, by what he could bring away from the field of play.Jomo will also of course join and sign to play, not to inspire, as he once declared he is about to quit Botswana football. The club says that there is no option built into the deal for him to join them after his deal lapses.Moatlhaping could have not left the struggling Magosi until they win the championship, but the demands of life in general forced him to entertain a second thought.

Police XI has never fared well this season. They hold unwanted record of club that conceded more goals in one game this season. Their 7-0 hammering at the hands of Township Rollers was a rude awakening, partly the reason the decided to sign a player in the mould of Moatlhaping.As things stand, Police XI have dropped out of the top 8 bracket. They are in position 9 having collected 21 points from 17 games. Unbelievably, Police XI have won only 5 games.


 

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