Only six months after joining Township Rollers, striker Jerome Ramatlhakwane has parted ways with the club. It been revealed that Ramatlhakwane initiated the move as he requested to leave the club. Township Rollers said the two parties amicably parted ways following internal discussions with the technical team and management. This has come as a surprise to some of Rollers fans who feel that Ramatlhakwane is a strong goal poacher whom Rollers needs. They argue that the player has proved to be a good goal scorer and could have still helped Rollers. Ramatlhakwane scoped the top goal scorer award at during 2012 AFCON qualifiers that saw Zebras qualify for the first time in history. Shortly after parting ways with Rollers, Ramatlhakwane’s trail is seen leading up north to Orapa United. Confirmed reports say the two parties are already in advanced talks to seal a deal. Orapa United spokesperson Kabo William confirmed that they are nearing conclusion of agreements with Ramatlhakwane. William said an agreement might be reached very soon. “As we speak talks are at an advanced stage. Maybe tomorrow we will be talking something exciting,” he said.
Rollers, however, confirmed that efforts were made to retain Ramatlhakwane to no avail. It seems Ramatlhakwane was determined to go and a decision was eventually taken to cordially part ways and releases him. The player has since been deregistered with Botswana Premier League. This opened a great opportunity for Orapa United to pounce on him. William said the services of Ramatlhakwane are needed at Orapa United as they have been using a lone striker in Omaatla Kebatho. Those close to Rollers revealed that Ramatlhakwane’s request to leave was all about lack of game time at the club. Sources said sitting on the bench has not settled well with the player who is said to still have ambitions to play for the national team under David Bright. Since the arrival of Nikola Kavazovic as Rollers head coach, Ramatlhakwane was relegated to the bench in preference of the likes of Mthokozisi Msomi. The sources say this is the reason why he requested to be released.
His move to Orapa United will then open up game time opportunity for him as the team has been relying only on Kebatho up front. The combination of the two well-built forwards could be one of the deadliest in the BTC premiership, hence United are keen on landing ‘The big Animal’. Township Rollers also deregistered Kabelo Dambe from their team list. This follows Dambe agreeing terms with South African side Bloemfontein Celtic. Dambe, who also saw the young goalkeeper Keagile Kgosipula snatch the Number 1 spot from him, will be making a return to play in the South Africa’s Premier Soccer League. Midfielder Ofentse Nato has penned a two year contract deal with Rollers.