Despite current uncertainty over whether Botswana Premier League (BPL) will retain Botswana Telecommunications Limited (BTC) as the title sponsors or not, clubs are busy recruiting players to strengthen their squads.
Signs of a broken down relationship were visible at the 2018/19 season BPL awards where there were no sponsors representatives or even banners. Clubs have not been bogged down by this.
Township Rollers, Orapa United and Jwaneng Galaxy have been busy in the transfer market of late preparing for the upcoming season.
Despite having a good season and clinching the FA cup in style Orapa United has released most of their players in what the technical team has deemed as a rebuilding process of the club.
The club has parted ways with Tendai Nyumasi, Olekantse Mambo, Kaelo Joseph, Kabo Mungabe and Oabile Bathusi. Most of the released players have been very influential in the club and contributed immensely to the recent success in the Mascom Top 8 and FA Cup. The Ostriches have moved swiftly to replace the departed players, signing Tanzanian midfielder Adbdallah Hamisi, Lawrence Ndunga and Thato Seagateng.
However, the most shocking transfer is that of Lemogang Maswena who has jumped ship from United and joined Galaxy.
Having had a great season with the Ostriches, the belief was that “Ntoch” will stay with the club for a while but has instead signed a three-year deal with Galaxy. In addition to Maswena, Miguel da Costa’s side has acquired the services of Bakang Leshona and goalkeeper Katlego Mbise.
Following the release of Oscar Ngenga, Ntesang Simanyana, Ivan Ntenge and Thato Bolweleng, Rollers under the new mentor Thomas Trucha have been on the lookout for some players to fill in the void left by their departed players. So far they have snatched Tlhalefo Molebatsi from town rivals Notwane.
However their marquee signing is that of Kabelo Dambe who has returned from Premier Soccer League side Bloemfontein Celtics. Dambe has since signed a three-year deal with Rollers.
According to football analyst Thato Kgosimore, the transfer market is bit sluggish due to the fact that most teams are financially troubled and therefore afraid of facing the wrath of the law.
“Teams are not that busy in the market, it’s only a few, and teams which are not financially stable lose players to the super predators of the league which makes the window period dull. Club licensing requirements make it difficult for teams to buy players knowing that they won’t be able to meet the request in terms of salaries and so some teams are not signing players because they don’t want to find themselves in scuffles with players due to lack of payments,” said Kgosimore.