In a bid to bolster their squad and depth, Township Rollers have moved swiftly to acquire the services of midfield maestro Ofentse Nato. Nato, who was at some point linked to Orapa United, has signed a two-year contract with Mapalastina, as Rollers are known. Rollers spokesperson Bafana Pheto confirmed the developments. Nato’s move to Rollers comes at a time when the team is in pursuit of winning the league, the Mascom Top 8 as well as preparing to take on African giants at the CAF Championships. It is believed that the arrival on Nato will boost the team that is already on course to reach the set objectives. Pheto said their aim this year is to win all cups on offer locally as well as reaching at least the group stages of CAF. “Preparations are going on very well for all the three competitions so far. We believe that the arrival of Nato will boost the squad looking at the experience he possesses,” he said. Size 10, as Nato is affectionately known, has a lot of international experience having played for the national team as well as in the South African Premier soccer League before going to Atletico de Kolkata in India.
It has been revealed that Rollers coach Nikola Kavazovic took only a week to decide on Nato after seeing him in training. Kavazovic has since heaped praises on Nato, saying he is a great player with great experience. He said he is a great addition for the team as he is able to cover three different positions in the field. Nato has proved to be a utility player who is able to play in defence as well as in the midfield. In addition to Nato, Rollers will also be boosted by the availability of Galagbwe Moyana who has been on injury. Pheto said Moyana, who was not registered at the beginning of the season, has now started to train with team and will be registered for CAF games. Rollers will start their CAF Championships campaign in February 2018 against Al Merreikh of Sudan. Pheto said as it stands the team composition is great for the challenge but will need some beefing up. He said the beefing up will be based on the coach’s needs.
With the fixtures already hectic for Rollers, it remains to be seen how the start of the CAF Champions League will affect them. Pheto admitted the pressure but also said the Botswana premier League will have to be considerate with the team in this regard. He said while playing in CAF they should not also be expected to play midweek games so that players can be given the chance to rest. He, however, is confident that they will attain all that they have set for themselves.