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Reviewing Botswana stars in South Africa

Reviewing Botswana stars in South Africa
Ntsikelelo Nyauza of Orlando Pirates tackles Mpho Kgaswane of Baroka FC during the Absa Premiership match between Baroka FC and Orlando Pirates on the 22 August 2017 at Peter Mokaba Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

Thursday Dec 21, 2017. 10:30

BotswanaPremierLeague.com takes a look at how Botswana stars have performed in South Africa thus far.

Lebogang Ditsele

Highlands Park retained the defender-cum-midfielder's services following the club's relegation to the National First Division (NFD). Ditsele had made only one appearance in the Absa Premiership during the 2016/17 season.

The former Township Rollers midfielder is still battling to get regular game time at the Lions of the North having made three three appearances in the NFD this season.

However, Ditsele helped Highlands reach the Nedbank Cup Last 32 when they defeated fellow NFD side Real Kings 2-1 in a qualification match last week. The 21-year-old played 52 minutes at the Makhulong Stadium.

Thabang Sesinyi

Premier Soccer League (PSL) outfit Platinum Stars signed the 25-year-old forward from BTC Premiership side Jwaneng Galaxy at the beginning of the current campaign. Sesinyi had played an instrumental role in helping Galaxy win the 2016/17 Mascom Top 8 Cup.

The Botswana international began featuring for Dikwena last September after receiving his South African Work Permit. He hit the back of the net in his second Absa Premiership match which ended in a 1-1 draw against AmaZulu FC in Durban.

Sesinyi heads into the festive break having scored once in four league appearances. He also featured for Stars as they defeated Maritzburg United in the Telkom Knockout Cup Last 16 match two months ago.

Mogakolodi Ngele

The Botswana international returned to Mamelodi Sundowns following a successful season-long loan stint at Bidvest Wits where he won the Absa Premiership title and MTN8 Cup during the 2016/17 campaign.

Ngele, who is a former Uniao Flamengo Santos forward, did not feature for the Sundowns first team in competitive games at the beginning of the season as he was waiting for the Department of Home Affairs to issue his South African permanent residence permit.

The 27-year-old has since received his permit and he made his first appearance of the season when the Brazilians suffered a 1-0 defeat to Cape Town City in an Absa Premiership game on Tuesday. He was introduced in the 89th minute.

Mpho Kgaswane

The attacking midfielder is slowly establishing himself as one of Baroka FC’s key players having joined the club from BTC Premiership giants Gaborone United in January, 2017.

Kgaswane, who played four Absa Premiership matches for Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele last season, has featured in 12 league games in the current campaign - netting twice in the process.

The left-footed player’s solitary goal helped Baroka overcome Free State Stars 1-0 last September. He also scored during Baroka’s 2-2 draw against Thabang Sesinyi’s Platinum Stars two last month.

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