Motswana English-based football player, Renei Batlokwa (21) of Southend United’s prospects of becoming one of the few Batswana football players to have plied their trade in the higher European leagues could soon be within reach as more and more scouts continue to ask about his future at Essex, England. His team competes in league one, the third tier of the English football.
Batlokwa who in 2017 was given his first professional contact has been in fine form lately. The attacking midfielder is ambitious and wants to play for Manchester United.
“In European leagues there are scouts everyday and its incredible to play in front of them, this is a professional side, everything can happen. I have been in fine form; a regular in the team’s under-23 starting line up with a few substitutes in the senior team but I am not complaining. I can only work harder. The new coach has been unveiled and we all need to impress to secure and duly cement our places.”
Batlokwa will have to impress the new broom at the club, Christopher Powell. The retired English player has previously coached Derby County and Hudderfield Town FC. Quizzed about any chance of him playing for the Zebras as there were call-ups previously that came when he had a knock during the Briton’s zebras reign, Peter Butler, Batlokwa said,
“I understand David Bright is now in charge of the national team, he is a good coach. When the time for the national call up comes I will definitely represent my country. It will be an honor to don the national team colors but my focus in winning silverware and becoming a better player here.”
Meanwhile, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) mouthpiece, Tumo Mpatane said currently his organization has not yet established a policy to look across the world for all Botswana-born players who are currently plying their trade overseas for assessment into the national teams.
“Our scope only goes as far as South African leagues unless those Botswana born players in those countries notify the BFA about their prospects. There are many ways they can do it, either through their coaches notifying our national team coach or though their agents. If they fit the coach’s plan then definitely they will be called to represent the country.”