A boyhood Township Rollers supporter, Tumisang Orebonye, affectionately known as “Teenage” or “Benteke,” was handed the chance at top flight football by the Blues’ traditional city rivals Gaborone United. Having repaid the Reds with scintillating performances in front of goal, Orebonye is now fulfilling his childhood ambition of playing for Rollers. He spoke to rollersfc.com…
“More than anything, joining Rollers is the fulfilment of a childhood dream, this is the team I grew up supporting,” Orebonye says. “Back then I used to watch Rollers strikers like Tshepiso “Sox” Molwantwa and Bernard Simakwenzi, and now here I am at the club myself. I believe we have a strong team that is capable of winning honours and dominating domestic football, and I just want to work hard to make my contribution to that success. I am happy to have got my first goals for the club (two as a second half substitute in the 4-1 win over Black Forest), and I want to build on that.”
Speaking ahead of what should be a testing assignment against a Sharps Shooting Stars side that is yet to drop points, Orebonye says the Blues playing personnel is prepared for the challenge.
“Sharps has started the season well, they have been winning against good teams. But we are also in the right shape; we won 4-1 against Black Forest and although we drew 0-0 with Jwaneng Galaxy we played well in that match. We now want to carry on with that; taking the game to our opponents, and we believe we have enough to win on Saturday,” the bulky forward says.
A gifted striker who managed 16 goals in the league for Gaborone United in the 2016-17 season (just one less than that season’s top scorer Terrance Mandaza) Orebonye got further 12 in an injury-plagued 2017-18 campaign, he joins Rollers with a great goalscoring pedigree and aims to achieve more in front of goal.
“My target for this season is to score 30 goals, something which has rarely been done in local football, something Terrance Mandaza achieved during his first stint with Rollers. Looking at the quality of players we have at Rollers, the type of supply they could give to a striker, I can achieve that. I also came to the club with Jackson (Lesole) and ‘TT’ (Thatayaone Ditlhokwe) who gave me a lot of assists as wing backs who would supply crosses into the box when we were at GU,” Orebonye says.
Hailing from Lecheng in the Tswapong sub-district of the Central District, Orebonye played schoolboy football and was noticed by GU while playing for the national under 17 side.
“GU signed me and I was sent out on loan to Palapye All Stars and Motlakase then I was eventually brought back. It was good to be playing for a big club like GU and I used to opportunity to establish myself,” Orebonye reveals.
Now a full Zebras international, Orebonye was on the bench during the past weekend’s AFCON qualifier in Angola.
“Well, the coach makes the selection and I respect that and support whoever is picked. I believe my chance will come, we have the Independence Day friendly coming up, and there will be other games in future where I could be given the opportunity in national colours,” he says.
A strong, natural forward with strength to shake off markers, good control on the ball and a good eye for goal, Orebonye could yet prove to be a great catch for Popa.
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