Zebras coach Major David Bright believes Mogakolodi Tsotso Ngele’s loan move to SuperSport United will ultimately benefit both the player and the national team.
One of the brightest prospects in Botswana football, Ngele has struggled for both game time and fitness this season, featuring just once in the league – as a last minute substitute – for parent club Mamelodi Sundowns.
The long-legged 27-year-old attacking midfielder, will join SuperSport until the end of the season, with the club hopeful of making the move permanent should Ngele impress.
The lanky lad will be looking to rediscover his sensational form of last season, when, out on loan at Bidvest Wits, he was instrumental in helping The Clever Boys clinch their maiden league title.
It was the second time Ngele was part of an ABSA Premiership winning side, having been part of the Brazalians squad that won the league in 2016.
In doing so, he became only the second Motswana to win the South African league, after the trailblazing midfielder Phenyo Mongala, who triumphed with Orlando Pirates in 2011.
Speaking to Voice Sport this week, a visibly excited Bright said he was becoming increasingly frustrated by Ngele’s lack of game time for Sundowns.
The national team coach explained this made it difficult for him to pick Ngele for Zebras games as he was lacking match fitness.
“SuperSport is struggling so I have no doubt they will use him. Tsotso is a good player and he can score goals. He did not stand a chance to find game time this season because Sundowns signed more players – joining SuperSport is a good move! He will help us in our Africa Cup of Nations campaign,” said Bright.
The former Uniao Flamengo Santos and Township Rollers player was signed by Platinum Stars in 2012 before joining Sundowns in 2015.
He made his national team debut back in 2009 as an 18-year-old, where he impressed many with his seemingly unflappable nature, not to mention his obvious skill and natural ability to read a game.