FootballCV Graduate Impresses in Botswana

FootballCV graduate Simon Goldsbrough is making great strides in the Botswana Premier League for giants, Township Rollers FC.

The 20 year old left back signed for the club earlier in the year, but due to the Rollers already having their full quota of three foreign players, Goldsbrough has only been able to play in unofficial matches until the January transfer window opened. This did not deter the South African, who has continued to wait patiently for his opportunity. According to his representative, Gilmore Saaiman, Goldsbrough's dream is to play in the PSL, a dream which could be realised soon if he continues to perform in the manner he has.

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“He is a fantastic prospect; the time he has spent in the U.K. has shaped him into a mature player with versatile qualities as he is able to play at left-back and in central defensive midfield”, Saaiman told the Siya crew.

Defending champions Rollers currently head the Botswana Premier League by four points, after fifteen matches of the 30-game season. Goldsbrough’s Township Rollers are scheduled to play South African giants Kaizer Chiefs in the CAF Champions League in February.

Of his time in Botswana, Simon commented “They like to play with the ball on the floor but it does get quite physical. A lot of the time they are willing to be patient in order to find that killer pass, but they also use wing play quite a bit. It is a lot more intense than in the UK, you have no time to rest over here and you cover a lot more ground”.

He went on to add “Attending the FootballCV Academy was a useful experience, especially training every day. Although I had been away from home a lot when I was younger for schooling it was still a valuable learning experience being in another country. I did learn a lot especially with regards to football and definitely made some friends for life”.

Goldbrough, who has a South African father and English mother, is currently also studying at the University of Botswana in Gaborone.


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