Botswana’s Rollers sign foreign trio

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Botswana giants Township Rollers have signed three foreign strikers ahead of the much awaited return of football.

With the State of Emergency (SoE) having come to an end on September 30, football could soon return after 19 months of inactivity.

The Premier League giants have moved swiftly to bolster their attack in preparation for the new season.

The club’s chief executive officer (CEO), Bennett Mamelodi confirmed they had snapped up Jean Bertrand Iradukunda, pictured above, from Gasogi United in Rwanda, Mohamed Diallo (Mali) from Futuro Kings FC in Equatorial Guinea and Aaron Marc Dion from CF Zoe in Cote Di Ivoire.

“26-year-old Jean Bertrand Iradukunda is currently with the Rwanda senior national team and is vying for his 30th cap in the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Uganda on Thursday. Incidentally, this match will be officiated by our very own Joshua Bondo in Kigali. Jean Bertrand has represented Rwanda at Under 17 (4 caps), Under 20 (4 caps) and Under 23 (5 caps) level. He will report for duty after the FIFA week,” Mamelodi said.

Rollers lost national team striker Tumisang Orebonye to Moroccan side Olympique de Khourigba when football activities were halted last year.

Orebonye, together with his compatriot Kabelo Seakanyeng, helped Khourigba gain promotion to the topflight last season.

South African midfielder Kamogelo Matsabu also left the club to return home. Mamelodi dismissed media reports that Jean Bertrand was being offered a signing on fee of $40,000 [R600 000].

He said such reports were “nonsensical, irresponsible and devoid of any truth”. He revealed that the player believes in the Rollers project. “He actually bought himself out of his running contract with Gasogi United,” Mamelodi said.

Rollers have previously imported foreign strikers with a big reputation only to fail to live up to expectations. However, they will be hoping they got it right this time.

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By FARPost Reporter