- Big name players are not guaranteed a place in our team – Shah
- Nato said to be growing frustrated at Rollers
Township Rollers President Jagdish Shah has made it clear that his coach Nikola Kavazovic will not be forced to play Ofentse Nato, but rather says the former Atletico de Kolkata man must fight for his place in the team. Nato has seen little action since joining Rollers at the start of the year. He has been hampered by injuries, but when fit he has been overlooked for Mosha Gaolaolwe, Maano Ditshupo, Gape Mohutsiwa and the newly signed Mothusi Cooper.
Though it is only four games into the season, Nato has also spent more time in the stands than in the field of play. Reports have suggested that the former Gaborone United man is growing frustrated at the club due to limited game time. However his President Shah says that Nato should be patient and fight for his place.
“It is unfortunate that he has been out injured and when he came back he had no place in the team. Nato will have to fight for his place just like everyone,” said Shah in an interview with Gazette Sport.
“In our team players are not guaranteed a place in the line up, look at Gape (Mohutsiwa) he is only a young boy but he is fighting to stay in there, also look at Thabo (Monyake) he has been impressive,” further stated the Rollers President. He however pointed out that all his players were happy, and dismissed the possibility of anyone leaving any time soon, unless a chance to move outside the country presents itself.
“All the 25 players we have are the best, and they are all happy and are well looked after, I don’t think anyone would want to leave unless they are going to South Africa, because we will not stand in their way, even if that player is still contracted,” he emphasized.
In the end Shah complained that each time his players go for national team duty, they always return with injuries. “It is a concern, because we carry the burden of making sure that they recover well. Look at what happened with Galabgwe Moyana, who was out for almost a year and half. Now Tshireletso is currently injured and we are likely to miss him for at least two weeks,” he concluded