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Cooper on the verge of Europe move 

Former Township Rollers, attacking midfielder Mothusi “Mini” Cooper has become the third player from Botswana after the duo Kabelo Seakanayeng and Tumisang Orebonye to ply his trade in the Botola Pro League after joining MC Oujda. 

WeekendSport reported towards the end of 2021, that the former Senior National Team Head Coach Adel Amrouche had secured a lucrative deal for the troubled Zebras star. The player, recently on Lusaka Dynamos books and Jwaneng Galaxy was anticipated to move abroad in January to further his professional career. 

Cooper, who was declared a free agent following a troubled stint at Lusaka Dynamos in Zambia, and had a short stint with the Botswana Premier League (BPL) champions Jwaneng Galaxy, having joined on six-month deal. 

The former Extension Gunners player became third player whose overseas move is masterminded by Amrouche. Previously, the former Zebras mentor engineered moves for the duo of Kabelo Seakanayeng and Tumisang Orebonye to Olympique Khouribga, a club based in Morocco.

Cooper’s new club, MC Oujda is currently languishing in the relegation zone, on position of 15th after collecting only 11 points, 15 games into the season.  In an interview with WeekendSport, Bakang Moipone who represents Cooper said his client signed a one-year deal with Moroccan side (MC Oujda) which has an option to renew for further two years. 

According to Moipone, Cooper’s move to Botola Pro League is stepping stone towards ultimately playing in Europe. The Moroccan league is considered competitive enough to attract the eyes of the European scouters. 

“It is a good move for the player of his talents; as his representative we did our best to secure him this deal. Now it is upon him to work hard and even attract bigger clubs in the North African countries even the Europe since it becomes easier when you play in countries like Morocco,” he said in an interview. 

For their part Jwaneng Galaxy Communication Manager, Tankiso Morake confirmed with this publication that they received request from the player’s representative to negotiate a contract with a club abroad.  Morake further said they are waiting for the official response from the player agents in order to facilitate the release of his International Transfer Clearance Certificate (ITCC).

Galaxy, who are set for their debut campaign in the Champions’ League group stage under South African coach Morena Ramoreboli – will now be aiming to swiftly find a replacement before the transfer window shuts.

Cooper has seven national team caps under his belt with experience in the CAF Confederation Cup and Champions League having been part of Township Rollers team which made history by playing in the CAF Championship group stage in 2018. 

Cooper was also linked with a move to SuperSport United in South Africa as he was seen a perfect replacement to Tebogo Mokoena who joined the current PSL champions, Mamelodi Sundowns after he signed four year and half contract with the chloorkop side. Sekhukhune United was also reportedly keen on his services.

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