Defender Mosha Gaolaolwe has signed a contract extension with army side, BDF XI. Gaolaolwe signed a one year contract extension on Tuesday and will remain with the team until July 2017.
Speculation has been rife that the player and other seasonal players may leave the team during the coming January transfer window. Gaolaolwe’s contract extension however has quashed these speculations. It is believed that the player has got improved contractual terms following his growth in performance and experience.
Gaolaolwe has been consistent in the army side’s defence as well as in the national team colours. Since the 22-year-old defender broke into Peter Butler’s team he has shown tremendous growth and marshalled his duties well. The youngster has been linked with moves to a number of teams locally with Orapa United among them.
BDF XI chairman Christopher Mbaakanyi confirmed Gaolaolwe’s contract extension. Mbaakanyi said Gaolaolwe possesses qualities they want at BDF XI. “He has helped us maintain depth in our regular line up as he is reliable and highly disciplined on and off the pitch. He marshals our defence so well and often augment the offensive moves throughout the game,” said Mbaakanyi.
He believes that Gaolaolwe is an asset that needs to be retained, hence the contract extension. This publication, however, established that Matebele could lose some of their seasonal players in the next transfer window.
Asked about this Mbaakanyi confirmed the departure of the youthful Zebras player Kabelo Seakanyeng. He, however, could not reveal which club the player will be joining. According to Mbaakanyi, Seakanyeng who is to retire from the military will also leave BDF XI to fully focus on becoming a professional footballer. The speedy winger still has a good number of years ahead of his footballing career and he also got potential to realise his dream to become professional.
Mbaakanyi indicated that they have come to terms with the player’s departure and wish him well. “You can try all the best management practices, motivational mechanisms and retention policies; you will never get everything you want from marketable players. Players will come and go, voluntary or otherwise,” he said.
Seakanyeng may not be the only player to depart the club as midseason performance reviews are on-going. These reviews are expected to be concluded by the end of December 2015 and players who do not meet the coach’s expectations will be shown the door. Even though Mbaakanyi could not disclose who will go, claims are that Malawian Jimmy Zakazaka will be offloaded. The player has struggled to break into the starting 11 and it is believed he will be released.
Just like any other team BDF XI will be looking to beef up their squad in the coming transfer window. The team has been lacking in attack. Mbaakanyi was cagey about revealing which players they will be targeting, fearing their recruitment efforts could be compromised. He, however, confirmed that they are about to formalise official documents for Nico United’s Takunda Sadiki to join them. This also confirmed speculations that the army side has been having him on their radar. “This was not a hasty move but a deliberate plan which was on discussion for months now,” he confirmed.
It is understood that BDF XI are preparing for the coming season to be top contenders for the beMOBILE premier league title. The team has been unfortunate on numerous occasions losing on the honours by just a whisker. Firstly it was the points docking and then the mass exodus of players that disturbed the team’s tempo.