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Premier League transfer window still quiet

As the local football fraternity waits with bated breath to see if Gaborone United (GU) midfielder Jackie Mothatego joins the South African side Bloemfontein Celtic, the domestic transfer window is steadily gaining momentum.

So far most of the transfer buzz is coming from Gaborone United who have this week confirmed off loading midfielder Sageby Sandaka and placing high profile striker Moemedi ‘Jomo’ Moatlhaping on the transfer list. Also on the United transfer list is experienced goalkeeper Kagiso Tshelametsi. This week, the club’s Secretary General Hebert Letsebe told Sun Sports that the duo would return to United if they are not snatched up by any team.

Letsebe said the United technical team is yet to meet to see if they needed to buy any players for the second round of the current campaign. In the last transfer window, The Reds  bought around three players including  red-hot winger Edwin Olerile. Meanwhile, perennial league championship campaigners and reigning champions Mochudi Centre Chiefs were cagey on their wish list this transfer window. Briefly speaking to Sun Sports, Chiefs’ mouthpiece Clifford Mogomotsi said they were not going to make any major acquisitions during the transfer window. “It is not easy to do business in January,” Mogomotsi said. In the last transfer window Magosi purchased high profile players like Onalethata Tshekiso and Bonolo Fraiser.

Meanwhile, the Botswana Premier League (BPL) Chief Executive Officer Bennet Mamelodi said the transfer window, which closes at the end of the month, has been quiet so far. The BPL boss revealed that his office was busy implementing new software that will see the transfers being made electronically instead of using the archaic player blue books.

Mamelodi said his office is already up to date with the system, which was acquired at a subsidised price from FIFA. “We were given until January to implement the system,” said Mamelodi. Other players that have already transferred to new teams are Tshepo ‘Talk Talk’ Motlhabankwe and Amos Godirwang who have since left Centre Chiefs for BMC FC. Meanwhile, former Nico United striker Master Masitara has been linked to BDF XI.