Platinum move still possible — Mogorosi

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FC Platinum target Joel Mogorosi has not ruled out a move to the cash-rich Zimbabwean club in the near future.

Mogorosi features for Madinda Ndlovu’s Mochudi Centre Chiefs — who are leading the log standings in the Botswana be Mobile race — and has scored 16 times this season. Chiefs was formally coached by Platinum gaffer Rahman Gumbo.

Mogorosi is part of the Zebras team that will feature in their debut in the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea starting on January 21. The winger played for the Zebras in a 0-0 international friendly match draw on Saturday.

Speaking to NewsDay Sport after the match, Mogorosi said: “I cannot rule out anything at the moment. This is a game of football and you can find yourself playing anywhere. We will see what happens in the near future.”

Mochudi has been demanding $30 000 for the player — a figure which Platinum can easily raise, but they failed to beat the December 31 deadline to secure an international clearance from the Botswana Football Association to register the player with Caf.

Platinum cleared off 12 players from their books and added 14 more from various teams that include Highlanders, Gunners and Masvingo, in a bid to have a strong team for their debut in the Caf Champions League. They face Green Mamba of Swaziland in the preliminary round next month.

The platinum miners registered 25 players for the Champions League — the same players they will use for the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League, in addition to registering five more players under the age of 20 as per league regulations.

They will then need to free up space from senior players to accommodate Mogorosi if a deal is reached. Chiefs had already been planning to replace him with Chicken Inn’s Tendai Ndoro, who is valued at $10 000.

The offloaded players are Bhekimpilo Ncube, Norman Maroto, Brighton Dube, Mernard Mupera, Ray Sibanda, Itai Gwandu, Mthulisi Maphosa, Alick Marime, Simon Njeleza, Nengomasha Muranganwa and William Manondo.