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Notwane targets Moatlhaping

Notwane targets Moatlhaping
June 20
11:07 2018

Pio believes in Jomo


Notwane football club is preparing for a completely different BTC Premiership compared to the 2013/2014 season when they relegated to the lower divisions. After bouncing back to the elite league at the end of last season, the team is taking no chances and has already set its sights on quality players to add to its fold.

While it is still a boardroom matter, carefully handled not to alert competitors, sources from the Notwane club house paint a picture of a team readying for a tough season. “When we relegated, teams like Orapa and Jwaneng Galaxy were not as formidable as they are now. Now there is Security Systems and Township Rollers who have financial muscle so we should be able to compete with those because the dynamics have changed,” observed a source from the team.

According to informants, Sechaba had ambitious plans of bringing back former players such as Dirang Moloi, Isaac Paeye, Lesego Lubinda and Letumile Molebatsi. The idea was however thrown out of the window by the team coach Pio Paul “who prefers young talent”.  Further, the team has collapsed talks with a South African striker who was also linked with Township Rollers to beef up the front line. The team is looking for another goalkeeper to partner with Michael Pepukani at the goal posts. Those in the know suggested that the technical team will remain unchanged.

While it is widely known that coach Pio favors young blood, it is said he is giving the team management sleepless nights over his desire to have 33 year old striker, Jomo Moatlhaping in his team. The two were pivotal in ensuring Sharps Shooting Stars make their maiden premiership appearance last season. In the last season alone, Jomo scored 17 goals.

Moatlhaping, like the proverbial phoenix, has risen from the ashes. In fact, his blistering form made the headlines repeatedly last season. The former Zebras striker finished on second spot on the scoring charts with 17 goals, a three goals shy of leading scorer, Thatayaone Kgamanyane’s 20 goals. Kgamanyane, a former Gaborone United has since signed for Chippa United in the South African Premier League.

But in sharp contrast to the norm, Pio Paul is salivating for Jomo, who is on the wrong side of age 30. But is no surprise as the player continues to arouse interest from other teams as well.

This is the same player who mounted a very strong case for Sharps Shooting Stars to win their first ever berth for Mascom Top 8 qualification – but also has a chance for yet another call up to the national team which is suffering from startlingly low levels of confidence, coordination, definition and assurance. Looking back, it is indeed remarkable for Moatlhaping.

Pio believes with the presence of speedy winger Thalefo Molebatsi and the creativity of Sthembiso Mboxue, it will be easy for Jomo to deliver the same way he did at Sharps. Many of Jomo’s goals were the result of superb assistance from his teammates. It can be said that the main dish has been beautiful and appetizing partly because the delivery from kitchen to table has been exceptional. If one were to take some time to appreciate how players like Mboxue and Molebatsi could serve Moatlhaping, it would be small wonder if Notwane were to make a top eight finish if the team was to land his signature.



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