Township Rollers controversial player, Joel Mogorosi, has been sidelined following grave pressure on the technical team as his own fans continually booed him on the field.
Mogorosi has not featured in the last two games of the club as a cautious measure in managing the situation that threatens to turn volatile. The vice captain of the club missed a game against Gilport Lions and a crucial tie against closest title challengers, Orapa United. Rollers won all the two games in his absence although he appeared in the club’s match day squad.
The player is being accused of feeling bigger than the team. The club supporters say that he is stingy and uncooperative in the field of play. Moreover, followers felt that Mogorosi is always favoured and will often times be picked even if he is failing to perform.
However, the club has warned its followers to desist from such unruly behaviour as this has the potential to dent the team’s performance and divide the dressing room.
‘‘Management is concerned about the recent booing of players by some of the supporters. This behaviour is particularly directed towards Joel Mogorosi during official games. We would like to condemn this behaviour and request the perpetrators to stop it immediately. We value all our players and treat them equally.
They all belong to Township Rollers and they work as a team for the good of our club. If we continue to target and pick on certain players in our team and antagonize them, then we will be the ones dividing the team. I plead with you to assist us unify the team,’’ the club’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Phempheretlhe Pheto, was quoted as saying in the club website.
Mogorosi enjoyed many minutes of play under the tutelage of Mark Harrison, but statistically has failed to prove his starting berth. The speedy winger-cum striker has scored only 1 goal in all games he has played. The goal came against premier league rookies, Security Systems; a penalty in the dying minutes of the game. His backers however have said Mogorosi has a couple of assists.
When reached for comment, Mogorosi said he is treating the matter with ease. ‘‘I am relaxed, and I am not bothered, this happens almost every day with players, it will eventually die out,’’ he said. Mogorosi exited Botswana football scenes after an impressive showing at Mochudi Centre Chiefs for two consecutive seasons. He was on his way to FC Platinum of Zimbabwe to reunite with former coach, Rahman Gumbo, but his scintillating display against South Africa in the group stages of AFCON 2013 impressed coach Clinton Larsen of Celtic.
He soon enquired about him and he was soon called to join the SA team. His goal in the MTN top 8 final against Sundowns 3 years ago won Bloemfontein Celtic the cup and inscribed his signature performance in the echelons of Siwelele faithfuls. However, the team decided to offload him in 2014. He then rejoined Rollers to try and fire another upturn.
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