Business guru and also deputy treasurer of the ruling party(BDP), Jagdish Shah is believed to have sourced a total of P 1.2 million to fast track the transfer of defender Mosha Gaolaolwe from TS Galaxy back to his former club, Township Rollers.
Shah also doubles as Rollers President and is ready to pay South African based club the money to ensure that his former player is back at his project before the transfer window closes. This latest development effectively means that Rollers’ bold move scupper Jwaneng Galaxy intentions who were also monitoring Mosha’s situation with keen interest.
Last week, Mosha handed a transfer request to Galaxy management citing family constraints as his chief reasons. He specifically stated that his mother is not well and as the eldest son, and sometimes a breadwinner, he needs to be closer to her. It is in this regard that the owner of TS Galaxy, Tim Sukazu asked Rollers or any other club interested to pay P1.2 million for his services or leave him to complete his contract. This publication, however could not establish the terms of payment agreed on between
Rollers and TS Galaxy.
Mosha’s contract does not expire until June of 2021.When buying Mosha, TS Galaxy paid a combined P60 000. The versatile defender was signed alongside one Gape Mohutsiwa whose favourite position is central midfielder. When leaving Rollers, Mosha had a six month running contract. According to labour laws, Mosha was eligible to negotiate with any club of his choice. When selling, the deal was that Rollers were to benefit 45% of sales should Galaxy sell Mosha to any other team. This was primarily part of the reason why Galaxy were not ready to let the player leave at no cost.
However some Rollers members have been denying any information linking the player back to them. According to them, the deal struck between both clubs was in the best interest of the player.“We cannot go that extent, we want to see this player succeeding, why will we unsettle him?” One Rollers member rhetorically asked.Mosha formed a formidable partnership with Simisane Mathumo, especially at a time when Rollers was unstoppable under the brains of former coach Nikola Kavazovic. Both defenders would also turn into goal scorers when chips were down.
But notably, Mosha’s versatility is the prime reason why Rollers will want back love. He plays as a central defender but can also be fielded as a central midfielder.Rollers eyes championship spot in the next season. They believe Mosha’s experience will come in handy to replicate their 2017-18 form, where they reached group stages. Galaxy has already lost another Botswana player, Thero Sitsile, whose contract was terminated because of his disciplinary issues.
The Manchester United defender will now focus on his club career having made 93 caps for France, appearing at three world cups and on European championship. The Les Bleus won the World cup in 2018 and Raphael Varane started all but one of France’s matches in Qatar as they finished as runners up to Argentina
With many being of the view that the state of football in Botswana has deteriorated significantly as it is no longer appealing to the business community, this was a good week for the football community. The Botswana Football Association (BFA) leadership under the stewardship of MacLean Letshwiti secured sponsorship for a combined value of P19. 3 million for the FA Cup competition and the First Division league – both South and North.