Former Orlando Pirates fan favorite Thabo Rakhal has admitted he is in limbo after the Botswana Football Association (BFA) implemented a new rule that foreign players must be capped at least three times by their national teams at any level in order to score for it. . Presidency of the state.
The clubs were only informed of the new rule last Monday, six days after the Township Rollers announced they had signed Rakhale on a two-year deal. “The club has not told us anything yet. We are still training with the rest of the squad. I hope something positive will happen in the end but at the moment we are not sure what will happen,” old Rakhal told Sweetan.
A day after Rakhal’s arrest, the Rollers also confirmed the signing of another South African player, 31-year-old Tchibo “Skwama” Matete, who was previously on the club’s books from July 2017 to July 2018.
Rakhal and Matete join compatriot Sivamandla Sanguini, who joined Rollers late last month. The 26-year-old Sangweni is a Pirates development product. While Rakhal and Matete have never represented SA at any international level, Sanguine has two under-23 caps, meaning he will not meet the AFC’s one-match rule.
“This serves to inform all professional clubs that, in accordance with Article 6.5.4 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, a foreign player may not be registered unless he has had three or more matches for any of the national teams.” Please note that the above terms are valid for the next season [2023-2024] It will be strictly enforced.”
The South Africans who ply their trade in Botswana – Seveso Mini and Roy Mahamutsa – will not be affected by the new regulations because they each have more than three caps in Bafana Bafana. The former Pirates duo plays for newly promoted VTM.
Sweetan emailed questions to the BFA but did not reply at the time of printing yesterday.