Gaborone United are planning to offer Zebras striker Tebogo Sembowa a contract extension amid reports of a shock return to Township Rollers. The Reds have pledged to hold on to their player despite rumours circulating that the player held a meeting with Rollers officials to discuss a possible move to the league champions.
Sembowa has a year left on his current contract and his club is aware that he could reach a pre-contract agreement with other clubs if his contract enters its final six months period.
Rumours are that Sembowa was spotted alongside Rollers officials recently. The striker was frustrated by a lack of first team opportunities towards the end of last season and many believe that the uncertainty of his place could be the reason behind his rumoured meeting with Popa.
“We cannot control our players’ movements. We are not fazed by the reports of that particular meeting, however, we would report Rollers if at all they made an offer for him without our consent. He is still a GU player and he has a running contract. He has never said he wants to leave and we share the same sentiments with him because he is an important member of our team. We will negotiate a contract extension with him because he is part of our long term plans,” said GU’s Herbert Letsebe.
“This speculation started when he was not a regular starter but in football nobody’s place is guaranteed. He is a top player, a quality striker who will prove his worth again next season. There is no truth to the rumours that we could consider selling him,” the GU secretary general added.
GU offloaded Makundika Sakala and terminated Moemedi Moatlhaping’s contract last season, their striking department is experiencing a shortage in terms of numbers. The club stated that they would not allow themselves to have only one striker for the forthcoming season.
“Jomo and Sakala have left the club, and we will not let any other striker leave. If we were to sell Sembowa then we would have only Ronald Chikomo as our main striker and that would put us in a difficult situation. There is no way we would allow Sembowa to leave,” Letsebe concluded.
Sembowa joined Moyagoleele from Rollers in 2012 where he was rumoured to be on a P3000 salary .The club’s failure to give him a pay rise ultimately cost them as he left to join their city rivals. Rollers is now bankrolled by wealthy businessman Jagdish Shah and their financial problems in regards to players’ salaries is thought to be a thing of the past.