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I am not yet retired – Moatlhaping

One of this country’s few prolific strikers, Moemedi “Jomo” Moatlhaping who is currently missing in football action, says he is far from hanging his boots, contrary to reports that he has called it quits in the pitch.

Speaking in an interview with WeekendSport this week, the 31 year old Moshupa born striker, cum midfielder, revealed that he is still far from throwing in the towel and will be back in action in the next transfer window. “It’s not like I have retired from football, I’m still available but I will be back in action precisely in January. I decided to take a break after my contractual misunderstanding with Extension Gunners,” Jamile, as his teammates fondly call him, said.

According to the former national team player, the other force that made him to take a break was the dark cloud that engulfed him last season which consequently overlapped in to the current campaign to start very late in October.

“The fact that there was no football for so long locally also made me to take it easy and focus on next year for my return in the elite league.”

Moatlhaping who was a wanted man by various clubs after going separate ways with Gunners, shared with this paper why he didn’t sign in the dotted lines with other teams that lured him to beef their arsenal.

“My brother, there is no use for me to go to a team that will not give me what I want or what is enough for me to pay the bills and sustain my family. We are also human beings as football players nonetheless,” the former Gaborone United striker, categorically stated.

 “That is why I left Gunners, it is a great team but the fact that they couldn’t give me what we agreed forced me to take a break, so I will have to carefully choose a perfect team when I bounce back.”

Among the teams that wanted Moatlhaping in their arsenal were Sowa Flamingoes while Township Rollers also pushed for a re-union with their former player in January last season, but the move couldn’t materialize.

The former national team player who is one of the historic 2012 class that featured at the AFCON finals, is not ready to share which team he is likely to join, but with age not on his side he is still optimistic.

“For now I can’t say I will sign with this team or that. I only want a team that will offer me something I will be comfortable with, and obviously keep the promise. Again, I will have to consider the composition of that particular team whether I will have a chance to play or not,” he said.

When asked whether there are any offers already presented to him, the popular jersey no 10 briefly said, “For now there is nothing, but there is no how offers won’t come. I’m convinced there will be teams that will need my services.”

Currently though, he revealed that he is keeping fit  by jogging and going to the gym so that by January he would be in a better condition to re-launch his career.

Last season the veteran front man who can be deployed in the right-wing and midfield scored 10 goals and his experience was pivotal to complement his gaffer, Daniel Nare. Observers believe that any team that can sign Moatlhaping will benefit handsomely. The player is celebrated for his winning attitude and passion to motivate young players to bring their best out in the field.

Jomo is one of the players that have played for all the national junior teams and played for all the big four. However it is his stay at Rollers in the 2004/05 season where he won double trophies before going on to scoop the two top goal scorer accolades (League and FA cup) that will mostly be remembered.  He again had a stint in South Africa with Platinum Stars. His aerial prowess gave defenders a torrid time and his partnership with Tshepiso Molwantwa at Rollers is one of those hardly forgotten. At Chiefs the players took the golden boot award in 2009 after scoring 30 goals before going on to win the Mascom Top 8 with Gaborone United in 2013.

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