Rollers close in on Chiefs’ Zim striker
By Bakang Mhaladi
GABORONE – Botswana BTC Premiership champions, Township Rollers continue to lure talent from the South African league as the club is in advanced talks with giants, Kaizer Chiefs for the loan transfer of Michelle Katsvairo.
Katsvairo, however, is reportedly not too keen to move to Botswana, fearing the move could affect his chances of representing Zimbabwe.
The ginger haired striker was part of Zimbabwe’s COSAFA Cup squad but continued to play a peripheral role, where Golden Arrows forward, Knox Mutizwa was preferred.
Instead, the striker prefers a move within South Africa, despite Rollers and Chiefs being locked in negotiations for the transfer, last weekend.
Katsvairo has failed to nail down a regular berth since moving from Chicken Inn in Zimbabwe and is not in Steve Kompela’s plans for the new season.
He was absent from the Chiefs line up for the Carling Black Label Cup encounter against bitter rivals, Orlando Pirates.
Katsvairo last kicked the ball for Chiefs in December, and his future, under Kompela, clearly lies elsewhere. He managed 14 appearances and just two goals, which convinced Kompela that he was surplus to requirements.
Rollers confirmed interest in the player, although club president, Jagdish Shah had not responded to further inquiries from The Southern Times before going to press. The Botswana side has previously signed former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder, Manqoba Ngwenya and recently went for Tshepo ‘Skhwama’ Matete, formerly with Baroka FC.
Meanwhile, Orlando Pirates are reportedly in talks to sign Botswana midfielder, Mogakolodi ‘Tsotso’ Ngele who turned out for South African champions, Bidvest Wits last season.
Ngele was on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns.
However, both teams have remained tightlipped on the transfer. Pirates attempted to sign Ngele while he was turning out for Platinum Stars in 2014.
His stoke has since risen and he was pivotal in Wits’ successful campaign, but he has to return to Sundowns where he is still deemed excess baggage.
Pirates have been revamping their side after a disappointing campaign where they finished outside the top eight for the first time since 1996.
Ngele, who has tormented Pirates in the past, has been identified as a target to help re-galvanise the Buccaneers.