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Township Rollers have enteredthe race to sign NicoUnited winger Topo Piet.The former beMobile PremierLeague champions have joined Notwaneand Mochudi Centre Chiefs inthe race to sign one of the league’smost exciting wingers.Piet’s contract is due to expire inJune next year and the club could beforced to sell him or risk losing himto another club on a free transferin 11 months time. However, Nicohave continued their stance againstselling their best players by statingthat they want to keep him.The club revealed that Notwane,Popa and Magosi have expressedtheir interest in the player duringthe current transfer window.

 

Thelatter were the fi rst to show interestin the winger but they have sincepulled out after failing to persuadethe player to join them.Majombolo have already losttheir top strikers Bonolo Frazer andMaster Masitara, who helped theclub claim the runners-up spot inthe league last season. The prospectof losing another infl uential playerwould be a blow to a side with am-bitions of eclipsing its last season’sachievements according to theirchairperson, Mothusi Taolo.“We want to keep our best playersbecause we are aiming to do betterthan last season. The departure ofFrazer and Masitara will be a blowto us but we will enforce our squad.It is important also to keep our remainingstars.

 

Rollers and Notwanehave made offi cial inquiries aboutour player but we told them that weare not willing to sell him,” he explained.Sources informed Gazette Sportthat the player would only be acquiredif Rollers make a bid in excessof P100 000 for Piet but Taolorefused to reveal their valuation ofthe player, “We cannot place a pricetag on a player we are unwilling tosell,” stated the Nico chairperson.However, Rollers are still hopingto do business with Nico despitetheir unwillingness to sell their starplayer. This reporter has learnt thatPopa are willing to meet the player’sP50 000 signing on fee evaluation ifa deal materializes.Meanwhile, Taolo also confi rmedthat they have rejected a P15 000bid from Gaborone United for GiftMoyo.

 

“P15 000 is not enough fora player of Gift’s caliber; it is waybelow our valuation of the player.He is now a Zebras player and wewant him to continue his growth as aregular player. GU’s bid was quicklyrejected because we rate Gift highlyand he is at the heart of our plans fornext season,” he concluded.Piet’s stock has risen in the pasttwo seasons; the winger scored 11goals in the league last season andwon the Supporters Player of theSeason accolade at the beMobilePremier League Awards two monthsago.

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