DRC based trio cleared to make their debuts
Cercle Spotif (CS) Don Bosco trio Dirang Moloi, Jerome Ramatlhakwana and Phenyo Mongala have fi nally received international clearance to make their debuts for the club. The players’ moves were fi nalized last month but they have been held up while awaiting their clearances. The former Mochudi Centre Chiefs players were in action during Zebras’ 2-1 defeat to Ethiopia over the weekend. The trio moved to the Linafoot League’s powerhouse on May 13 and they were scheduled to make their debuts a week later but they missed fi ve league games as their moves were yet to be approved by FIFA.
The transfer window in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) opened last month while other countries’ windows will be open next month. They have been granted permission to make their maiden appearances for the Katumbi owned club after receiving their clearances last week. Ramatlhakwana told Gazette Sport that their experience in the DRC has been positive, stating that, “Everything is going well, we are still getting used to a new environment. I am excited to make my debut soon and we all hope to make a signifi cant contribution to our new club. Don Bosco is a good side and the fact that they signed us shows that they believe we can add more quality to their ranks,” said the Zebras striker.
Don Bosco is the current Coupe du Congo (Congolese FA Cup) defending champion. They are ranked third on the Linafoot log after 13 games played and are on a fi ve match unbeaten run that stretches back to last month’s 3-1 defeat to league leaders TP Mazembe. Only seven points separate them from the top of the log and they are the most likely side to sustain a serious title challenge against Mazembe and AS Vita Club because of their recent run of results. Don Bosco has played two more games than most league teams and they will be in action next month while other clubs catch up. Thus, the Zebras trio will have to wait until late June or earlier in July to make their debuts.