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Of Rollers and the big signings

Maposa’s arrival automatically means the talent of Michael Pepukani and Bobby Mathe will be wasted


Township Rollers is currently the team of the moment in this transfer window as they are the only side so far to make ‘big’ name signings. This has seen them stockpiling their arsenal which has subsequently created insecurity to some players, especially the youngsters in the team. Why so many signings? KETUMILE RAMATITI dissects this issue and the possible outcomes.


Although their unbeaten run of 42 games came to an end last weekend, courtesy of Police XI, Popa is arguably the best team in local football thus far. They are currently perched at the summit of the be-Mobile premier league they won last season and they are also in the semi-finals of the Mascom top 8.

However, the team continues to lure in new players despite an impressive performance by their existing squad and to make matters worse they sign players who have long reached their peak.


Mapalastina are busy building their galactic, they have acquired the services of Tshepo ‘talk-talk’ Motlhabankwe and Jerome Ramatlhakwane. On top of that, this publication is reliably informed that Noah Maposa is on the verge of finalizing terms with them and they are busy negotiating with their former anchor man Mogogi Gabonamong as well as Dirang Moloi. Is this the end of youngsters’ route in the team and the current players?


The arrival of Talk-Talk has raised more questions than answers as to how will Madinda accommodate him in the team system. In their 2-1 loss to Police, Madinda opted for Talkie in the left back leaving out Otlantshekela Mooketsi who failed to even win a position on the bench.

This has left a cloud of uncertainty hovering around some player’s heads like Pako Lekgari, Thato Bolweleng, Mooketsi, Bogosi Kaekwe, Kgosietsile Shadrack and Simisane Mathumo as they risk being released, loaned out or left to rot in the stands.


This has attracted bad criticism from football commentators who contend that this will kill local football in the long run because young players will never be given a chance to play first team football despite the importance of development being preached daily.

‘’Rollers are out of control and their signings will kill our football in the long run; just look at young players who risk losing game time because of their signing spree,’’ argued Duma fm analyst Tebogo ‘Seganka’ Monnaatsie.


With other stars like Moloi in their books there is a high possibility of instability in the team which can cost Ndlovu his job as players can at times become ‘too big’ for a coach. This has been a case in other teams that are using the same model such as Mamelodi Sundowns and Real Madrid to mention but a few.

This is a honey trap that can also be used to boot out the Zimbabwean mentor; this is a case because you have all the ammunition and any disappointing results could see you vacating the office. Real Madrid is a clear example; they once had four coaches in four seasons.


By far the team has the biggest squad list in the league and this addition makes matter worse for some players. Maposa’s arrival automatically means the talent of Michael Pepukani and Bobby Mathe will be wasted since only Maposa and Mwampole Masule will tussle for the first choice position in the post.

Having so many stars in the team does not guarantee you a success; the team may start to endure dwindling fortunes and even fail their mandates as players will have to gel together. For their part Popa family only defend themselves by saying ‘’we want depth as we prepare to traverse Africa’’.

Even though they could be preparing for CAF there is no need to sign so ‘unnecessarily’; only two players will do, especially that the team has been doing well and they have depth and again this transfer is used to patch here and there.


This tendency of hoarding all the best players in one team can prove very expensive in various ways; firstly, players will be receiving huge salaries even as they warm the bench because they cannot all be fielded. Again, this can stunt some players’ professional growth because they will not enjoy as much game time as is needed to make a lasting impact on the game domestically. During the revolution of Mochudi Center Chiefs in 2006, the team used the same model, wasting away a lot of talent and effectively ending the careers of the likes of former Tafic hit man Nicholas Gora and Thato Siska, prematurely.

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