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The Botswana Football Association (BFA) has revealed that the 2023/24 transfer window which recently came to a close was a success as all the teams followed and complied with the due process.
BFA Chief Executive Officer Executive Officer Mfolo Mfolo told Times Sport that since its opening on the 3rd July 2023 till the deadline on Friday, 22nd September 2023, clubs did well in complying with the process, indicating that all met the deadline for registration, transfer and loaning of players.
He added that there were also no issues where teams fight for players as it usually happen, adding that there also no issues of improper loaning, transfer or registration of players to or from other clubs.
“This time around clubs were advised in June 2023 that for professional and amateurs, no registrations, transfers or loaning of players will be allowed after the 22nd September 2023 and I am happy to indicate that they all cooperated well,” he told Time Sport.
According to Mfolo, the transfer window for minor player’s registration is still on until Friday, 27th October 2023. He advised and urged teams to strictly continue to adhere to the procedure laid down under article 5, 6 and 7 of BFA Regulation on status and transfer of players.
Meanwhile Times Sport reporter, Jayson Samokunda looks into the signings of some of the top premier league teams;
Jwaneng Galaxy spokesperson Tankiso Morake revealed that the club has had a successful transfer window signing Omaatla Kebatho from Orapa United for 2 years’ contract, Goitseone Phoko from Gaborone United (3 years), Chicco Molefe from Police XI (3 years), Namibian international Dynamo Carlos Fredericks (2 years) from African Stars SC.
The club has also signed Cleopas Dube from Sua Flamingos for 2 seasons as well as extended contracts for Wendell Rudath (1-year extension), Gibert Baruti and Thabo Leinanyane for 2 years all while Gift Moyo with one season extension.
According to him, the club has released Wilfred Dithwane, Teto Pusoetsile and Tshephang Mbambo while Kabelo Babusi was loaned to Nico United for a season adding that the likes of Serati Semaddi and Allen Ndodole are also placed on transfer.
“Some of our player’s contract ended last season among them is Gape Gaogangwe, Basiamisi Sebapalo, Marcell Papama, Boikobo Osupile and Thabang Mooketsi,” he said.
Gaborone United spokesperson Herbert Letsebe indicated that the transfer window came in handy for them as they were preparing for the CAF Confederation Cup. “We signed the Liberian midfielder from Watanga FC Sheik Sesay for 3 years, Molaodi Tlhalefang (striker) from Security System for 2 years, Thabo Motswagole (goalkeeper) from Masitaoka for 3 years contract and Poloko Nkalolang for 2 years from Systems.
According to Letsebe, GU renewed contracts for Coach Pontsho Moloi and Mothusi Cooper for a period of 3 and 1 year respectively. The club also acquired the service of the former Zebras coach Peter Butler as a technical director of football.
Moreover, GU released Goitseone Phoko, Tshepo Malgas and Obonwe Maome. Phoko joined Galaxy while Malgas and Maome joined Township Rollers.
Township Rollers spokesperson Pako Lebanna revealed that they have signed more than 9 players and these are Thabo Rakgale, Tshepo Matete and Siyanda Nyabo from South Africa. Furthermore, the club has acquired the services of Letlhogonolo Chenjela, Obonwe Maome, Omphile Vissagie, Tapiwa Sepatela and Mbatshi Elias.