No joy for Ngele at Sundowns as third loan spell looms

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By Bakang Mhaladi

Gaborone - Mogakolodi 'Tsotso' Ngele, arguably Botswana's best soccer export, continues to face uncertainty in South Africa, as his Mamelodi Sundowns coach, Pitso Mosimane confirmed he will be shipped out for another loan spell.

Since Ngele moved from Platinum Stars in 2015 to join the Choorklop side, he has failed to nail down a regular starting berth.

Instead, he has been sent on loan to Platinum Stars, Bidvest Wits and last season, to Supersport United.

Tsotso signed a five-year contract with Sundowns in 2015 and his contract only expires next year.

However, the Botswana international, who is now a permanent South African resident, has endured a frustrating time at the 'Green and Yellow' side.

His coach, Mosimane, revealed at the weekend, after Sundowns' friendly against Botswana's Township Rollers, that 'Tsotso' is set for another loan spell next season.

"He is still our player, struggling to fit in. We have to do what we have to do, so we will give him a chance somewhere else.

"He must also want to play, he must fight for his place. We have to help him, but he must also help himself. He is up against very good football players," Mosimane told journalists at the end of the weekend game.

"As a number 10, he is up against Sibusiso Vilakazi, and you must understand that it was a little bit difficult because Percy Tau and Khama Billiat were there. He could not find the space," Mosimane said.

It had been hoped that with the likely departure of Tau, and Billiat joining Kaizer Chiefs, spaces would open up for Ngele, who shone brightly at Platinum Stars.

He has reportedly asked to be released, as at 27 years, he wants to play regular football.

Ngele is Botswana's most successful player abroad, with two league titles and several domestic trophies in South Africa. He earns a reported R172,000, which makes him Botswana's highest paid sportsperson.

He was part of the Zebras team, which qualified for the first and, up to date, only Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2012.

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