The career of Joel Mogorosi as Township Rollers player is feared to be coming to an end as the club procrastinates on his future services. The veteran player signed one year extension last season but, as things stand, it seems his future solely lies in the hands of Jagdish Shah who is the club president.
It is said that Mogorosi if he still wishes to play for the club now needs to accept the cold fact that Rollers’ time has sped him to the past. Those close to the developments indicate that Rollers is only committed to offer their veteran player half of what he was getting before his contract ends. It is said this is the strategy that Shah has already adopted and Mogorosi need to accept that.
Mogorosi who has been the Vice Captain of the club is 35 years this year. Elsewhere, it is reported that Sharps Shooting Stars — a premier league outfit financed by former Township Rollers king pin Somerset Gobuiwang — is eager to sign him. Also monitoring the situation is Security Systems who are emerging as surprise contenders for Mogorosi, and are highly likely to ready to scupper Sharps’ move. Systems is coached by local gaffer Daniel Chico Nare who is believed to be Mogorosi’s Godfather.
However, all of this remains speculation until Shah returns from abroad to deliberate on Mogorosi’s future. However, the former Zebras captain is on the verge of joining another veteran player, Tshepo Motlhabankwe to head out of the club. Rollers are attempting to reshuffle their attacking options this transfer window. They have signed Prisons XI striker Kitso Mpuisang who was last season club’ top goal scorer.
Rollers management complained at times last season at the lack of productivity from their strikers but they hope that Tumisang Orebonye and other targeted signings, aided perhaps by Edwin Moalosi who remains on the books, can fire an upturn. It is clear that Mogorosi has aged and struggles to play 90 minutes but Rollers technical team now hopes that his personality and experience can serve to inspire the rest of the dressing room, most notably the younger players.
Rollers have always sought to have leaders in their squad, players who have won big games and can bolster the collective belief. Their signing of Mogogi Gabonamong four seasons ago was rooted, in part, by what he could bring away from the field. Mogorosi has won silver ware with Popa and the team would not regret in keeping him for motivational reasons even after he retires.
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For the first time after eons, football clubs plying their trade in the elite league are walking in the shadow of the undefined with nothing concrete agreed and on sight before the commencement of the football season.