Struggling Blackburn Rovers, who have announced that seven or eight players are in the process of being released, were supposed to bolster their squad with two talented Mamelodi Sundowns youngsters, striker Roscoe McKenzie and defender Avela Cezu, but the deal seems to have broken down.
The club’s public relations officer, Gian Chidoni, told Soccer-Laduma, “They were meant to be coming but never did. I don’t know the full details as our assistant coach Zoran Mikovic was dealing with it but I think Sundowns’ administration dropped the ball a bit, it was too late from when we wanted the pair.”
Mikovic revealed he’d tried his best to acquire them yet it appears as though the Brazilians have “shut the door” with regards to loaning out any further players.
Rovers are not prepared to give out the names of those going to be given the boot as the list has not yet been “finalised” but Chidoni junior argues that the decision came from “everybody”.
“Before moving to Durban there were a couple of players with disciplinary issues, one or two just weren’t cutting it or pulling their weight according to what we or the previous head coach, Julius Dube, felt at that time,” he said.
What Amarover has confirmed is the signing of two U-23s, ex-Thanda Royal Zulu central midfielder Gerald Xowana and Lloyd Zondi, a striker, who was once part of Orlando Pirates’ academy, while they are also proud holders of a new club slogan: “Success is a Choice”. This replaces their old slogan of, “You Hit Me, We Hit You.”
“The coaches like Zondi, he’s young, and they’re backing him. Our training’s been very intense, focused and the guys are enjoying it now. Yes our 20-man squad is thin but we’ll strengthen,” Chidoni concluded.