Having finished the 2007/08 campaign with a League medal and the Mascom League Top Goalscorer Award, the former Mochudi Centre Chiefs goal poacher joins his fellow countrymen Mogogi Gabonamong and coach Major David Bright in Cape Town on a three-year contract.
Speaking to KickOff.com from Gaborone, Chiefs’ CEO Lebo Seboni confirmed the 23-year old’s move to the Absa Premiership outfit.
“We congratulate Jerome on his move to Santos. His departure is obviously a huge loss to us as he was instrumental in our League triumph this past season, but it’s a great move for the boy to showcase his enormous talent in Africa’s richest League, and we release him with warm blessings. It’s a good buy for Santos,” Seboni states.
Having signed a pre-contract with the Cape outfit back in January, Ramatlhakwane, who picked up a knee injury during a recent training session with the Botswana national team, the bulky striker wouldn’t say much, but did reveal that he’s penned down a satisfactory three- year deal with the People’s Team.
“I was in Cape Town last week to finalise negotiations and get a work permit. I’m currently doing light training after picking up an injury two weeks ago during the upcoming 2010 World Cup/Afcon Qualifiers preparations with the national team. I should be well in two weeks’ time and ready in time for pre-season preparations,” he adds.
Having previously worked with David Bright while he was coaching Botswana’s Young Zebras [Under-23s], Ramatlhakwane was one of the young breed that Bright moulded into stars and he should add more value to an already exciting youthful Santos striking force of Erwin Isaacs and Eleazar Rodgers.
Santos, who started their acquisitions from Batswana when they signed striker Dipsy Selolwane, followed by last season’s Player of the Season Mogogi Gabonamong and then a year later brought in Bright, are also reportedly trying to sign Ramatlhakwane’s club and national teammate, tough-as-nails defender Gabonyeone “Shoes” Selefa.
Negotiations are, however, still pending.
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