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GU dump loyal Chikomo

""Gaborone United have unceremoniously parted ways with ‘workaholic’ and ‘devoted’ Zambian international Ronald Chikomo in a move that could be deemed as him having been a passenger in Rahman Gumbo’s brutal approach this season.

The decision is said to have been influenced by the signing of Namibian striker Nicky Musambani who is expected to take Chikomo’s place at the team. According to premier league rules, any team should have less than three foreigners.

Although the team is divided over the move as some believe Chikomo to be the devil they know, coach Gumbo however wants a team with players that can produce results more-so that he is expected to win the league title in his one year extended contract.

Although Musambani is said to be a striker in the mould of Benson Shilongo nothing much can be said about him. Chikomo started as a striker at the reds, but in 2008/09 season when the team won the inaugural Be-mobile premier league, Mike Sithole deployed him to play in the right wing where he performed above expectations.

‘RC 22’ as the player was called by the GU supporters was instrumental when dealing with offensive opponents despite his playing rough at times which warranted him all sorts of names from the opponents. So the question, is will the new player offer what Chikomo did?

In the recent GU squad, Chikomo is the only player who was there in their first season in the elite league after five years in first division. He is also one of the few players that won the league six years ago and the two Mascom top eight cups.

In the past two seasons when Gumbo was heading the technical department the player did not enjoy much game time simply because the Zimbabwean mentor was said to be implementing a cold approach as he released players he viewed as “surplus to requirement”, disregarding their history with the club. Ronald was mostly introduced as a substitute for the better part of the seasons and the coach has finished assessing him.

According to information from the reds camp, Chikomo who won the hearts of many local football fans since his arrival in 2006 during the reign of Luke Masomere as a gaffer will have to find a new home. The Zambian midfielder cum striker, who arrived in Botswana at the age of 17 has for his nine years spell in Botswana football played for the money machine only.

Although some of the players that he arrived with like the Zimbabwean striker Sageby Sandaka later on turned to be nomadic, the dreadlocked player who donned jersey 22 never thought of abandoning the team.

Currently GU is on their pre-season training in Potchefstroom and the player has suffered indignity of being left behind, the club has informed him to start looking for a new home.

Some committee members and supporters have expressed disappointed over the decision of letting the Zambian international go. “the player has been with us through thick and thin and it’s very disappointing to lose a loyal and hardworking player like him as we still need his experience in our team and the management could have at least help him to find a new home rather than him doing that for himself,” stated a source.

However, the player is likely to land with either BR Highlanders or Green Lovers.

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