BTC Premiership pacesetters Township Rollers should brace for a life without their Technical Director Dragjolio Stanolovich in the coming season following unwavering interest from various teams across the continent.
The Serbian is hailed as the mastermind of Rollers success after being part of the technical think tank that steered the team to the historic CAF champions league last 16. For all the games, Drago has always been sent to scout the opponents before giving Coach Nikola Kavazovic a detailed report of how to brush them off and this has since paid dividends.
This publication is aware of the three teams from Sudan (AL-Ahli Khartoum) Mozambique outfit CD Maxaquene and Angolan sides Desportivo da Huila which have all enquired on the services of the gaffer after sterling work in the build up to the last 16. All the while it is still unclear as to which responsibility he will be bestowed with should they agree terms.
Drago is doubling as both National under 20 coaches and Technical Director of Rollers; he is capable in any of the capacities. Contacted for comment Drago said he is aware of the interest but he cannot disclose much information as the negotiations are still at an infant stage. “Yes, there are teams interested in me, not locally but in Africa. But I can’t talk much because im still focused on the Rollers job,” he said when asked about the possibilities.
The former Mochudi Centre Chiefs mentor is however steadfast on his stand as Rollers technical spy. His love for the global game has earned him respect from across football divide; it is this love that saw Rollers financier Jag Dish Shaah having so much affinity for the mentor. Sources say, at the darkest hour of Drago’s career, Shaa was giving the coach allowance as a token of appreciation for his passion for football.
The three clubs by far have contacted Drago’s Serbian based agent over possibilities of snatching him. It is said, Drago, though he could not come out clear to this paper, said he can only leave Rollers if an offer come from outside Botswana. This is catalyzed by frustrating spells with a number of local outfits who never honored contractual obligations. “I can only move from Rollers to any team outside Botswana, local teams there is no money,” he added.
Should Drago forge ahead with an international move, Popa will have to re-make their technical team once again as the head coach Kavazovic is also headed to South Africa. As it stands the team is already looking for possible replacement for the duo, however Teenage Mpote is expected to be the caretaker pending the arrival of fulltime coach.