‘If he is lazy Sundowns should sell him; why keep him’
Veteran coach and serial soccer talent developer Matshediso Saxton Kowa is seething with anger over Mamelodi Sundowns’s treatment of one of the biggest soccer talents to have emerged from Botswana – Mogakolodi Tsotso Ngele.
This season Ngele who starred for Super Sport last year has been reduced to a third tier league player by Sundowns after being dropped from the First team. Coach Pitso Mosimane has seemingly not been impressed by the player’s work rate and hunger; something that has hurt the players’ fortunes even at national team level where he has been left on the bench.
But Kowa – who developed Ngele’s talent from a youngster until he gained professional engagement – is not buying any of Mosimane’s claims about Ngele.
“It hurts me in the extreme. Mosimane is seemingly a jealous person; he doesn’t want his players to beat him. At first he brought him from Platinum Stars and froze him out of action. Then he was loaned to Wits and they refused to sell him for R8m when the club wanted him. Last season he was at Super Sport and was brought back and is once more frozen out of action. The saddest part is to hear claims that he is not used because he is lazy. If he is lazy then why doesn’t the club release him?” fumed Kowa.
He dismissed Mosimane’s tactics of buying talented players and then loaning them out with the aim of having them not play against his team. “It took Sundowns owner Motsepe to intervene and say all players loaned away should be allowed to play even his team. In fact, the FIFA Play and Regulations do not allow that,” he said.
He said he has talked to Ngele about managing his career well going forward though he is worried more about the bad influence of agents on him. “I have told him that an agent is his employee and he should take charge of his fortunes,” he said.
At his best, Ngele packs a deadly left shot that has won him raving reviews in the South Africa’s Premier League, with top sides having been tripping over to sign him. This past transfer window top sides like Kaizer Chiefs were said to have been after him but the club did not sanction the move.
Kowa’s outburst comes at a time when a leading South African soccer magazine – Kick Off – is reporting that Ngele will be seeking a transfer during the January window.
AFCON: Zebras vs Bukina Faso
The Senior National Team (Zebras) will play Burkina Faso in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) on October 13, 2018 and at the Francistown Sports Complex on October 16, 2018.Tickets for the Botswana leg have already gone on sale, costing P20 for North & South Stand; P30 for Western Stand And P50 for Grand Stand.