“The offer still stands”-Player Agent
After an agonising 10 month waits, two of Botswana’s top women footballers, goalkeeper Sedilame Bosija and lethal striker Reilwe Tholakele can finally afford to smile after their deferred dream to play in Europe was revived by their Slovakian based agent Moran Nthoiwa.
The two ladies were supposed to have left the country at the beginning of March for a four-month trial at top Slovakian side Partizan Bardejov.
The try-outs were scheduled to run until 30 June, as the duo looked to secure contracts with the Division One outfit.
The deal was facilitated by the FIFA licensed agent Nthoiwa.
“The offer still stands,” said Nthoiwa matter of factly in an interview with Voice Sport on Wednesday afternoon.
He said since the reopening of borders, his players now have a chance to finally realise their dream of playing in the professional ranks in Europe.
The determined Player agent said he has been keeping the Bardejov technical team abreast with the players’ progress by sharing their achievements during the just ended COSAFA Championships in which The Mares reached the finals for the first time.
The two players were key in the historic feat.
Bosija was named Goalkeeper of the tournament after conceding three goals.
The 23-year-old Tutume-born shot-stopper became the first Motswana lady to play in the South African league when leading club Bloemfontein Celtic snatched her up in 2017.
Her contract with Celtic came to an end last December and she has been waiting to explore opportunities in Europe.
The 24-year-old Township Rollers forward Tholakele scored the only goal when Botswana defeated Zimbabwe 1-0 to progress to the semi-finals and she was also named Player of the match.
During the semis, she scored the second goal which helped the Mares to reach the finals.
“The two are the best and I have no doubt they will be signed by that club because their performances speak volumes. They had not been playing since February, went into a regional tournament without any match practice, and delivered. What more can their potential employer ask for?” Nthoiwa asked rhetorically.
“There’s a lot of talent in Botswana and I’m doing all I can to find opportunities for our players. Football is a sport that we can maximize on and help the Botswana government tackle unemployment,” said Nthoiwa
The Nthoiwa Sports Excellence Director is in the process of establishing a club in Europe where local players, coaches, and administrators will have an opportunity to grow their skills and enhance their talents
“For this to become a reality, I need a P10 million cash injection, which can be realised if people buy shares from the project,” he said.
Nthoiwa said his ultimate goal is to find European teams who are willing to give Botswana players a chance.
The football agent said there’ll be a scouting team that’ll identify talent across the country.
“The intention is to export a lot of players at the start of June next year,” he said.