Rollers unfazed by Dambe’s departure


The imminent departure of Kabelo Dambe from Township Rollers to South Africa’s Bloemfontein Celtic is of no worry to Rollers, the club’s Public Relations Officer, Phempheretlhe Pheto, has said.

“We are not troubled by Dambe’s departure because we had four goalkeepers, including him, which means we are now left with three goalkeepers and can therefore compete until the end of the season,” Pheto reasoned. “We don’t have a problem with that.”

The Rollers mouthpiece is confident that the imminent departure of Dambe will have little impact on the team’s current fine form. At any rate, another of Rollers’ remaining three goal minders, Keagile Kgosipula, has been getting the nod ahead of Dambe under mentor Nikola Kavazovic, eventually keeping the goals in 11league games this season.

Of those 11 games, Kgosipula kept seven clean sheets. He will be called upon to keep his superior form in the second leg of the league campaign to increase Rollers’ prospects of defending their title. Dambe, on the other hand, has kept goal posts for ‘Popa’ in three league games, all of which they drew.

The other Rollers goalkeepers are Wagarre Dikago and Mwampole Masule. Uneasy about his fitness, Kavazovic has reportedly told the latter to shed the flab. Dikago is a competent player in his own right, having had a stint at Extension Gunners where he was the first choice goalkeeper for the Lobatse-based outfit.

Bloemfontein Celtic, otherwise known as Siwelele to their throng of fans, is led by former Zebras mentor Jelusic Veselin who is familiar with Botswana players. Dambe is expected to revive his career under his watch. This comes after Dambe failed to leave up to expectations while at another South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) outfit, Platinum Stars, that he joined in 2012 before returning to his boyhood club, ‘Popa’.


At the outset, the Zebras goalkeeper will deputise veteran Siwelele goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb. Siwelele have been home to a couple of Botswana natives before, with the likes of Joel Mogorosi, Phenyo Mongala and Mogogi Gabonamong having donned the club’s green and white jersey of Siwelele. The Free State outfit is currently at position seventh in the Absa Premiership, having played 16 games.

In other news, Rollers have parted ways with veteran striker Jerome Ramatlhakwana. Says a statement on Township Rollers Facebook page: “Township Rollers Football Club would like to inform that the club has released striker Jerome Ramatlhakwana. The two parties decided to amicably part ways following the player’s request to leave the club after his internal discussions with the technical team and management. Although the club made effort(s) to retain the player, a decision was eventually reached to cordially part ways. We thank JJ for his service to Township Rollers FC and wish him well in his footballing career.”