Township Rollers’ longest serving captain and midfielder, Maano Ditshupo, will seek fresh face to face discussions with his club before he can make any decision regarding his seemingly uncertain future.
The hard tackling midfielder has been pencilled out of Rollers books following a discovery that he suffered a long term injury.But sources very close to the player told WeekendSport that Rollers de-registered him without thorough engagement. The decision has left Ditshupo distraught and he does not see himself staying longer at the club he served with such distinction.According to sources close to the developments, Ditshupo told Rollers that he was on the verge of recovery but was shocked to learn that the club has de-registered him.
This publication was made aware that he has started light training on his own and was to regain full fitness by March.Ditshupo broke his toe while on national duty in Zimbabwe sometime in November of last year. The nature of the injury is called fifth metatarsal. According to specialists, it often takes 8 -12 weeks for the bone fracture to fully heal, with a gradual return to normal activity within four months.The player, however, does not want to talk about his future with Rollers, saying he has a running contract that bars him from engaging third parties. His contract does not expire until May of next year.
All the while, sources claim that high spending Jwaneng Galaxy are busy cajoling the seemingly restless midfielder. Should Rollers terminate his contract at the end of the season, Galaxy will profit.When approached for comment, Rollers’ media liaison Phempheretlhe Pheto confirmed that Ditshupo has been de-registered because the team doctors advised that he will spend a long time on the side-lines because of the nature of his injury.“It is true that Maano Ditshupo has is not registered because he is carrying a long term injury. There is nothing personal about the decision, he remains our player,” he said.
However, Ditshupo is hoping for his own great leap forward in an effort to end his own injury nightmare. The no nonsense midfielder has never featured for his team this year. This is the first time in his football career that the player misses so many games.His absence has left Rollers struggling in the midfield. But he too, could struggle to return to his full fitness missing the opportunity to drive Rollers back to glory days, alongside the rest of a gilded quartet of the club; Simisane , Lemponye Tshireletso and Ofentse Nato.
Ditshupo’s insistency and promise to make a loud impact this season is yet to bear fruit. The player will have to stand strong otherwise the ambition mirrors a tomorrow that will never come.Ditshupo was recruited to embody the future of the team. He has captained the club since 2016, having Sekhana Koko before.His strength of character, though, should not be underestimated. He has always known what he has wanted, from the time he left home to join Lobatse’s Extension Gunners, to battling through a testing start at Rollers, when talent was over pouring at the time of his arrival.
However, Rollers, a club known to be digging in to embellish their reputation for hard-nose dealing, is believed to have started cutting costs for profit making exercise. The club is reported to have lost close to 5 million last season and the time to cut Ditshupo’ s future might have arrived.
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.