He is a hot property at the moment. Teams are clamouring for him. The question is whether Greens Lovers would manage to hold onto him throughout this season, as the January transfer window looms. Moatlhodi Ralesotla (24) and Green Lovers are making a debut in the premier league but even at this moment despite being position 11 on the log he is the league’s top goal scorer, having upstaged established strikers. He has 11 goals followed by Township Rollers’ sensational Segolame Boy with 10 goals.
And now instead of focussing on his game, opposition teams’ officials are destabilising him with constant offers. Even though someone might think the choice is simple for the young man, it is quite difficult because Green Lovers have been Ralesotla’s only team in his entire career. He met the team’s current coach Onthusitse ‘Chips’ Kootswele when he was doing standard five. Kootswele saw Ralesotla at that very young age and took him to Green Lovers for development purposes. He has since then been part of Green Lovers and has seen it through its various growth stages from second division to the Premier League.
He was the team’s hero when he scored against Mogoditshane Fighters in the play-offs to see to the team’s promotion. There is nothing stopping him even in the top league, it seems. Ralesotla had previously tried his luck at Miscellaneous, but it didn’t work out. “I did not get game time because the coach thought I was young, so I then went back to Green Lovers,” he recalled. He said he has been able to score goals because the Premier league as tough as in the lower division.
He said in the premier league they give him so much space which then enables him to move freely and as such secure goals.
His aim when the league started was just five goals, but he is surprised that he is still the top goal scorer at 11. “It is all a bonus for me. Having been chosen player of the month in August was cool,” he said. He got called up for the national team duty but it was unfortunate that he was doing practical examinations at school. On how he always manages to score Ralesotla revealed that he grew up practicing target shooting, and this is paying off.
On what might be the problem with his team that makes them concede many goals despite his efforts to score, Ralesotla said sometimes that can be discouraging for him because he then resort to defending because their defence is weak. His next game on November 28 is against Township Rollers. He said though the game will be tough he is not under any pressure. He is very convinced that if he was playing with an experienced squad no one will be coming close to him with goals. He said even though he was grilled by Green Lovers he wants to explore other possibilities.
Kootswele said he wants a good future for the player but he does not think that it is supposed to happen now. He said he is very aware that under different circumstances Ralesotla would have scored many goals. He said they are worried about agents and the teams that are just confusing the player and distracting his game. “They don’t know where the child is coming from but they just want to snatch him. I am saying give the boy a chance,” he said.
He said he wants the player to grow at Green Lovers because other teams will not be able to explore his abilities well. “He is not even free to express himself on the pitch now because all eyes are always on him with people wanting to take him,” he said. He said it is even surprising that scouts want to take him outside Botswana. Teams like Gaborone United, Township Rollers, Orapa United, Jwaneng Galaxy and BDF X1 are all said to be vying for the services of the lethal striker.