Orapa United raid Chiefs

SHARE   |   Monday, 20 June 2016   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang
Tendai Nyumasi and Lemponye Tshireletso Tendai Nyumasi and Lemponye Tshireletso

Mascom Top 8 champions Orapa United are said to be on a recruitment drive to bolster the squad for the coming season. The team has allegedly acquired Mochudi Centre Chiefs forward Tendai Nyumasi. Sources close to the team said Nyumasi has already signed a contract with Orapa United. They are also said to be after another Centre Chiefs and Zebras player Lemponye Tshireletso. According to reports, Tshireletso penned down a contract with Orapa United last week Tuesday.  Another player that the team has signed is Township Rollers’ Obonye Moswate. Orapa United spokesperson Tebatso Hule could not confirm nor deny these reports. All that Hule could say was “those are two good players and any team will be happy to have their services”. He, however, confirmed that they are working on bolstering the team. “We have all the confidence on the players we have but we are looking to improve the squad for next season and we have already identified certain players that we want. I, however, cannot name these players at this moment to avoid any confusion that doing so could cause,” he explained.

Following what can be labelled as its ‘most successful season’ Orapa United are looking to continue where they left. Having won the Mascom Top 8 championship and finishing third in the beMOBILE Premier League, United are already looking ahead. The 2015/16 marked the end of the five year strategic plan that the management had for the team and Hule believes they have been successful. Though he pointed out that preference was winning the league, he said they are happy with what they attained in winning the Top 8 cup. He revealed that they are currently working on a strategic plan for the team’s way forward. “We are busy working on a strategic plan that will guide the team going forward and we will be done with it before the league starts,” revealed Hule. As Mascom Top 8 champions Orapa United are expected to take on African journey in the CAF Clubs Champions League. It remains to be seen if the team will take part in the competition that is regarded as expensive to upcoming clubs. Last season all Botswana teams opted to withdraw from the African competitions, citing resource constraints.

Even Orapa United at this moment have not yet made a decision regarding playing the CAF Champions League. Hule said they are yet to make that decision as they are still consulting relevant stakeholders. He said with the implications associated with playing in this tournament the team needs to be prepared.
This, however, does not mean the team will not play as Hule pointed out that it has always been their wish to play in African competitions. This was on their past five year plan. Playing in these competitions can always provide players with exposure and an opportunity to test their strength against different opponents from the rest of Africa.