Rollers not interested in SA’s Skhwama

By Bakang Mhaladi

GABORONE – Botswana Premier League log leaders, Township Rollers have denied signing former Baroka FC dribbling wizard, Tshepo ‘Skhwama’ Matete, who became an instant hit after his video posts on YouTube showcasing his skills, hit 700,000 views two years back.

That sparked interest from a host of South Africa’s Premiership clubs, with Baroka FC tempted to sign him, and eventually offering him a contract last season.

However, despite the player possessing bags of skill, he was deemed surplus to requirements and was released in January having failed to adjust to the rigors of the Premiership.

He was largely considered a luxury player with his ‘aimless’ dribbling, seen as a round hole for a square plug in today’s modern game.

He has been club hunting since and this week, South Africa’s KickOff magazine claimed he had signed on the dotted line with Botswana’s Rollers.

“He is joining Township Rollers until the end of the season.

Everything has already been agreed,” Matete’s manager, Abel ‘Chaklas’ Shongwe told KickOff. But Rollers coach, Teenage Mpote swiftly moved to pour cold water over the reports this week, saying the club was at one stage interested in the player but nothing materialized.

“There is no truth in the reports. He has not signed with us. He was

once one of the players whom we looked at but nothing materialized,” Mpote said.

Again, Rollers has filled its quota for foreign players with Zimbabwean, Terrence Mandaza, Senegalese Papa Ndaw and Malawian, Lawrence Majawa. The club can only make additions from abroad next season.

Meanwhile, Rollers stayed top of the BTC Premiership, clinging on to a two point advantage over chasing Jwaneng Galaxy with six games left.

Rollers beat Security Systems 2-0 on Sunday while Galaxy maintained interest in the race, edging BDF XI 1-0.

The leaders moved to 52 points from 24 matches while Galaxy stayed

within striking distance on 50 points, but third place Orapa United

effectively surrendered the chase when they dropped two vital points in a 1-1 draw against Police XI.

There were changes in the bottom three relegations spots, as Nico

United moved out of the red zone for the first time since December, after a 1-0 win over Black Forest.

The revised bottom three still contains two regulars, Mahalapye United Hotspurs in position 15, while Green Lovers bring the rear to the 16 team table.

Sankoyo Bush Bucks, after a 1-0 loss to fellow relegation candidates, Miscellaneous, took Nico’s 14th position.

Nico moved to number 12 and after a difficult season in which their main sponsor, copper and nickel producer, BCL mine, shutdown, there is renewed hope of survival.

April 2017
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