No automatic starting XI for Moloi – Zapata
Gaborone United (G.U) has unveiled the nomadic utility player, Dirang Moloi as one of their major signees ahead of the new beMOBILE premiership 2017/18 season. Malam as he is affectionately known in football circles is one of the players that requested to be released by the allegedly financially constrained Mochudi Centre Chiefs FC at the end of last season due to supposed unpaid wages.
Last week saw the former Magosi midfielder penning a year’s deal with Moyagoleele to help the club to its yesteryears’ cup glory dominance. However, this will count for nothing to his Argentinean-born coach, Rodolfo Zapata.
Zapata has hinted that Moloi’s experience will be put to the test against his fringe and hardworking young players who finished the league on a high note by beating both Jwaneng Galaxy and Orapa United respectively. Nonetheless, he categorically acknowledged the sheer class that on any good day Moloi can be a thorn to any opponent.
“He is a very good player. Moloi needs to show that he is better than my youthful middle fielders. Everybody starts from zero for me. Football evolves, we can’t use history to match a player. They need to show their best to represent a heavy shirt like GU.”
Last season Moloi had to call off his retirement by joining Chiefs. In his twilight career, international players such as former African player of the year and Egyptian forward Ahmed Mido and South African Sibusiso Zuma have both hailed Moloi’s prowess. However, his off-the-field antics ruined what looked like a flourishing football career.
Moloi rejoins his former teammate Arnold Mampori who has also signed a two-year deal with Moyagolele.